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Teaching About the Road to Revolution

It’s one of my favorite seasons. Of course it’s the holidays, but it’s also time to teach one of my favorite topics in American History-the Road to Revolution. I love this era so much not only for its excitement and concentration of iconic historic figures and events, but also because it offers such a dynamic opportunity to demonstrate cause and effect, and…

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Added by Debra Collett on November 28, 2012 at 12:18am — No Comments

My Newest and Best Resources for Teaching the Colonial Era

I didn’t post anything last week because I was rushing to get my new book, HISTORY QUESTERS Colonies Trek ready to distribute in time to be used for your Colonial Unit. I’m thrilled to announce that the e-version is now available at…

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Added by Debra Collett on October 8, 2012 at 11:35pm — No Comments

Teaching About the 13 English Colonies

Teaching About the 13 English Colonies

 

The Colonial Era is one of my favorite periods to teach. It is so dynamic, with so many forces at play. It formed the foundation on which all of the United States’ history and future is built. It is very important for us to help our students make these connections. In this post I will share some ideas for teaching about this exciting era when all was new in America.  Visit…

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Added by Debra Collett on September 18, 2012 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Free Readers Theatre About Colonial Period

My next post will be on teaching about the Era of Colonization. Right now I am

working on a student and…

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Added by Debra Collett on September 12, 2012 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Teaching About Reconstruction of the U.S. After the Civil War

 

This post is for my friends that begin their American History course with a Reconstruction Unit. I will share lesson ideas that I used during my years of teaching Part 2 of U.S. History and in my AP class. In my Part 2 U.S. History classes, it had been several years since students had taken the first half of U.S. History in 8th grade, yet at that…

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Added by Debra Collett on August 30, 2012 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Teaching About Pre-Columbian Native Americans

 

Teaching About Pre-Columbian Native American Cultures

 

It’s time to plan that first social studies unit. Some of us have the lesson plan pretty much handed to us by the state or district, and told not to veer off of it. Others are given standards as guidelines, but are left to our own creativity and students’ needs to determine how we will teach them. Some of us fall in between. If you are in the first group, you’re probably not looking for new ideas, but if…

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Added by Debra Collett on August 26, 2012 at 12:14am — No Comments

Teaching about Explorers

 

 

The Age of Exploration…oh such a big topic and so little time to teach. Most scope and sequences don’t provide for a lot of time-or a lot of depth on this subject in American history classes. Fortunately it is also taught in the World history curriculum so the burden is split. In this post I will share ideas that can be used in both courses at the middle grade and high school levels, and sprinkle in some tips and resources for elementary. To see details about the…

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Added by Debra Collett on August 23, 2012 at 11:57pm — No Comments

First Day of School Lesson Ideas

The first day of school. Do you still get the tingles when you think of it? I bet your students do. You want to set just the right tone for the fresh new school year. You want to keep that excitement alive in your students. You want to let them know yours is a classroom that will be fun—but still values learning above all. So what do you plan? You probably want to start with an ice-breaker to…

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Added by Debra Collett on August 16, 2012 at 4:21pm — No Comments

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