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We have begun the year and before we examine the 13 colonies, I always review European Colonization of the Americas (to remind them there were millions of people already in the Americas...before Columbus!). Colonization is a deeply controversial subject with many different viewpoints, and that is why it is so important to teach. Here is what I do with my GATE identified students to encourage deep understanding.
After reviewing English, French and Spanish Colonization I pass out one of the slips below to each student (there are 6 different cards). Students write what they know, what they have read and what they have researched on the cards using the guided questions (I usually assign as HW). When they arrive to the class with research completed, they get into groups (All "ethics" in one group, all "Impact" in one group). They discuss their findings and create a giant poster, adding the most enlightened information they found (Drawings and diagrams are encouraged). After creating their poster, they can present to the class or allow for a "silent gallery walk."
Click the image below for the free worksheets.
Make History Relevant Using Current Events
Trying to make historical content relevant for teenagers is our constant challenge as history teachers. Using current events may help with this challenge. The goal is by showing students how history influences our world today may make them see the importance of learning history. Use this free worksheet (click image to download a pdf version) for students along side a current event article. I recommend using NEWSELA for news articles (Be mindful that Newsela now has a lot of content that are not news articles, rather summary readings).
Added: If you are looking for a GATE alternative suitable for all grade levels look at the image below and click the image to download a free pdf worksheet (Note: I have students write their answers on lined paper)
Suitable for grades 6-8
GATE Current Event Analysis
Free Website and Worksheet (7th Grade History)
Teaching about Ancient Rome? Check out some free resources I created for my Students. Click the images below and they will take you to an interactive website for students to read primary sources, look at images and watch interesting videos (tell them to wear earphones or watch as a class) and accompanying worksheet in which students complete in tandem with the website.
Student Objective: Students will analyze multiple secondary sources to determine how Rome was a site of Encounter and examine how all Romans lived.
Historical Thinking Skills: (1)Describe the importance of contributions from past civilizations and cultures
(2) Relate and connect the values, social customs and traditions of the past to the student’s personal experiences
Interactive Student Website
Student Worksheet (Click below for the PDF)
Engage the learner with entertaining and informative videos!
Need a short video to establish context? Use TED Ed videos. They make them for all different subject matters and all grade levels. They also have interactive lessons that accompany the Video. All subjects and all grade levels are located HERE or click the image below from the link. Thank you TED!
Coldplay and entertaining video?!
Show this exciting and entertaining video the first week of class to get kids pumped about history! Before the video start, ask the class or put on the board as a warm up "Why study History?"- Students can brainstorm in small groups first and then the video will help inform them about why we SHOULD (and NEED) to study History!
Introducing Medieval West African Kingdoms Lesson
Student Objective: Students will identify which resources on the internet are credible and reliable sources to use to determine how Ghana and Mali became powerful empires during the 300-1600’s.
Historical Thinking Skill: Evaluate a primary source and secondary source document by contextualizing evidence.
There are four parts to this lesson.
1) (Establish Context) Reading and Text Dependent Questions
2) (Student Activity) Analysis of Text Dependent Sources and questions
3) (Reinforcing) A Checklist that will help them accomplish the student task (Links are about West Africa)
4) (Assessment) A short writing prompt answering the historical question based on the historical sources.
*Click the Two Images below for the free lesson (Both Documents are PDF Files).
Student created minibooks
Students and teachers love mini books. Any grade level or content area can use foldables. Students can design them on the computer (see my Atomic Physics are fun foldable), take notes, create a story, make a mini Constitution...the possibilities are endless.
Show the class the video to make an 8 page mini book (scissors required)
This one I created for my Pentathlon team on Google Docs
Or give them directions: This one was a storybook about the Mendez v. Westminister Court Case
Notes on the Crusades
Watch this rockstar teacher...
Every year while I get ready on the first day of school I watch this amazing teacher on youtube. His name is Tyler Hester and has written some great things about teaching. I tend to speak fast and move quickly; he reminds me to be patient and extremely clear. If you struggle with classroom management...this is the video for you.
Never let a student sit without a task...
On the first day of school, never let a child walk into your class without something to do. They need to read something or write something as soon a they get to their desk. As a teacher, you need to do a million things when they walk in (take attendance, answer a phone call, add a new student to class...) so keep them busy with this simple worksheet. Download for free, just click the image.
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