Lesson Plans

7th American History Thematic Curriculum

What follows is the 7th U.S. Thematic History curriculum from Flint Hill School, courtesy of Katie Knicely, 7th History teacher and Flint Hill School.  This new curriculum was written and implemented by Mrs. Knicely in the 2014-2015 School year.

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"What's the Purpose of Government?"

What is the Purpose of Government?" Here's a question that not many 7th graders have ever thought about.  They did think about it in my class last week, however, as we began to think about why the founding fathers felt the need to declare independence from Great Britain.  As usual, some of the typical responses to this question include things like:

"...to control the people."

"...to keep order."

"...to keep people safe."

Some students even brought up issues of the economy, that a government is necessary for a strong economy.

10 Uses of Padlet in the History Classroom

Padlet is a virtual bulletin board that allows users to "pin" post-it notes with text, images, and links to webpages.  It has become an integral part of how my students and I share information and ideas with each other and with the larger community outside of our classroom.  Why I love padlet:

1) It is a great collaborative tool.

Sprinting All the Way to the Finish (or How to Maintain Engagement up Until the Bitter End)

During the last week of school, I received an email from a parent informing me that her son was running around the house, excitedly telling anyone who would listen about the end-of-year History project that he was due to present on that day.  With two days left of school, I was thrilled to hear that he was excited about coming to school (and History class, in particular). More importantly, she was thrilled to witness his excitement for going to school during the last week before summer vacation.

8th Grade Civil War Projects

In my 8th grade American History class, we are in the midst of the Civil War.  After debating Constitutional issues, slavery and states' rights issues, and issues on the Emancipation Proclamation, each student is researching his/her own Civil War battle, event, or notable person.  The class is enjoying each others' presentations now, and I have been enjoying the many different tech tools that my students are trying out or honing.  In so many ways, these presentations are better than a straight poster presentation.