Tag Archives: History

American Vision Dating Game: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the Importance of Sharing

Sometimes you put an idea out “there” and the world amazes you. That is absolutely what happened in this case. As many know, I am involved in a historical improv show called An Improvised People’s History. In order to  learn more … Continue reading

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Law and Order: French Revolution [The Importance of Using Evidence!]

Over the summer, it occurred to me that History class should be like the hit television show Law and Order. Law – Investigate, Corroborate, Develop Case Order – Develop Case, Create and Defend Argument So after noticing that many of my … Continue reading

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Teaching the Constitution: Bill of Rights Marketing Campaign (an improv-inspired activity)

What happens when you mix an improv game with history? Answer – a magical long period! This activity is based on an improv game called Ad Game. In Ad Game players invent something to market, a slogan for the item/service, a … Continue reading

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Teaching the Constitution: Superheroes and the Branches of Government

As a new teacher to both the US History I curriculum and to teaching 9th graders, I was struggling teaching students about the difference in the branches of governments. I tried a variety of ways to do this: I gave … Continue reading

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The Enlightenment Meets Social Media: Want to Help?

(Update Below) This week, my students have become consultants to Enlightenment thinkers and are attempting to reintroduce themselves to the modern world using Twitter and Blogger. Tomorrow they will begin to broadcast the beliefs of the Baron de Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, … Continue reading

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Snap Debates: Using Evidence to Support Opinions*

It is no secret that I enjoy two things, debating and snapping**. Prior to an observation last year, I decided to merge there two loves together (after being inspired by this video about Stanford’s Reading Like a Historian). Oh, please take … Continue reading

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History Lab Reports: A Template

Have you ever watched TV? Particularly a television program set in a high school (or with high school-aged people)? At the beginning of scenes that take place inside a classroom, there is brief shot to establish the type of classroom … Continue reading

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