Fat/Skinny Questions: After students have read or discussed a topic, have them develop five fat and five skinny questions to be used as review. A fat question is an open-ended one that requires an extended response. In other words, it can‘t be answered with a yes or no. A skinny question is ...Read the rest of this topic
Activities and Strategies
Round Robin - Students are given a discussion topic and individually students share their response with the group one at a time. Every member in the group is allotted the same amount of time.
Inside/Outside Circles - Students form two circles, one inside the other. The circles move ...Read the rest of this topic
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I am collecting data to help identify the real-world impact of political polarization brought on by social media interactions. The data that I collect will be used for my Master’s Thesis to complete my degree in Political Science at American Public University. The ...
Teaching 6th grade I welcome any strategies to implement more Civic Education into the classroom. We struggle with scheduling and lack of time to teach all the necessaries. It is frustrating to have my a group come into my class with little or no background of our country's history. Help. Thank you!
While attending the James Madison Legacy Institute this summer, I was introduced to many wonderful instructional strategies. As I begin implementation of these, one I've incorporated recently in my classroom is History Dominos. Played much like the traditional game, this version provides students...Read the rest of this topic
Does anyone have any good ideas for Veteran's Day Activities for students? High School? Middle School? Elementary? Share your ideas here.
Many of our Nevada teachers start their We the People classes in the late summer with the Candy Bar Hearing. It is a great way to introduce students to the process of the hearings and it takes them deeper than expected with exploring global issues, economics, history, religion, communication and...Read the rest of this topic
Looking for ideas to help students start writing? Try using Sarah Russell's Signal Words from Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners with The SIOP Model.
Signal words are great ways to help students start the writing process.
When asking students to describe cause and effect, compare and
contrast, sequence or order, or description or list use Signal Words.
They can really help students get started!
(Edited by Patience LeBlanc - original submission Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 12:19 PM)
Teaching students what to say when they don't know what to say. John Seidlitz and Bill Perryman has 7 easy steps in their book 7 Steps to a Language Rich Interactive Classroom. My favorite is their poster that can be hung in your classroom. It provides some easy go to steps to help students ...Read the rest of this topic
Has March Madness hit your school? Relating information to the world is helpful to students, especially struggling learners. Try bringing March Madness into the classroom with a little competitiveness. Competitive brackets are great for review and discussion. Whether it is a sweet 16 ...Read the rest of this topic
Socratic Seminars and the Power Object
Looking for strategies to facilitate student led discussion in your classroom? Socratic Seminars are a great way to encourage students to discuss controversial topics or primary/secondary sources. Mary Davenport, an educator, provides eight easy ...Read the rest of this topic
As history and government teachers, we all want our students to be able to read primary and secondary sources. Some students struggle with reading long passages that take up more than one page. If primary and secondary sources look overwhelming, some students often quit before they start....Read the rest of this topic
Word Walls are making a come back! For years teachers have used word walls to help students learn major vocabulary.
What is your opinion on Word Walls? Useful? Waste of time? Explain your opinion.
If you do use Word Walls in your classroom, explain how you use them with your students.
Check out my differentiated strategy of using Independent Study Menu boards along with samples of student work completed by 8th grade students. Located in the lesson plan tab.
Also, I have samples of menu boards for the Constitutional Convention Unit and the Constitution Unit
Are there any resources, lessons, strategies, or ideas on the elementary level? I teach 5th and 6th grade social studies. When they reach my class, this is the first actual social studies class they've ever had.
Does anyone have any strategies on teaching principles of government in one or two lessons?
Hi! I just wanted to share that the federalism yarn activity was an excellent activity to give the students a more concrete example of what is federalism. To get the students in a circle and get a string of yarn and state what applies in the federal, state, and even the local level, and...Read the rest of this topic
The Bio Cards is a resource that provides multiple ways to use. The contribution of various historical figures and how their ideas influenced the development of the American government as well as the changes in its political fabric.It also works in various eras. Bio Cards in this ...Read the rest of this topic
If you want another fun video for women's suffrage, check out the clip from Mary Poppins. The kids like that Disney makes something relevant. :-)
One concrete example of Federalism I like to use with my kids are teacher's class rules. So the kids are going daily from class to class and sometimes the rules and expectations of their science class are very different than the expectations of their English classroom. And then on top ...Read the rest of this topic
OK guys, I can't stop watching the news and am wondering how you teachers are planning on handling any student questions about what's going on in today's America.
I'm not calling for a debate by any means, but am just looking for general thoughts of how to approach all of the mess that's happening and it's relation to a historical context.
Georgetown University interviewed We the People teachers about their classroom practices, activities, and strategies. Take a look at the video (URL below)! What are some instructional strategies that you have found to be effective in working with students ?
Using lessons 9 and 10 in the WTP High School (level 3) book or lessons 12-16 in the WTP Middle School (level 2) book, create a forum discussion or Socratic seminar where students can have an online debate/discussion using technology. The teacher will be the moderator posing essential ...Read the rest of this topic