Gettysburg DBQ

After attending a DBQ Conference with Chip Brady last fall, my 7th grade teaching partner and I got really excited about teaching history through document-based questions. This spring, I dove into one titled, “The Battle of Gettysburg: Why was it

Gettysburg DBQ

After attending a DBQ Conference with Chip Brady last fall, my 7th grade teaching partner and I got really excited about teaching history through document-based questions. This spring, I dove into one titled, “The Battle of Gettysburg: Why was it

Was Abraham Lincoln a Racist?

I can’t claim this lesson as my own, so I have to give a shout out to Stanford University’s Reading Like a Historian program. Their lessons are easy to use, engaging, and help me teach students the true historian skills

Was Abraham Lincoln a Racist?

I can’t claim this lesson as my own, so I have to give a shout out to Stanford University’s Reading Like a Historian program. Their lessons are easy to use, engaging, and help me teach students the true historian skills

Lincoln’s Decision

Every year, I try to save as much time for my Civil War unit as possible. This year, I have tons of time, and I’m so excited to try novel lessons! I’m really excited about how engaged students were with my new

Lincoln’s Decision

Every year, I try to save as much time for my Civil War unit as possible. This year, I have tons of time, and I’m so excited to try novel lessons! I’m really excited about how engaged students were with my new

Causes of the Civil War

Every year, I tell myself I can teach the causes of the Civil War better. I don’t know that I did anything better this year, but I did try some new things! Unit Essential Question: How did the issue of

Causes of the Civil War

Every year, I tell myself I can teach the causes of the Civil War better. I don’t know that I did anything better this year, but I did try some new things! Unit Essential Question: How did the issue of

The Slave System: Document Based Question

If you are reading this today (3.28.17), I hope you will considering coming back to my blog in a few days. I’m attending a training about literacy in social studies this week, and I got inspired to prepare my own

The Slave System: Document Based Question

If you are reading this today (3.28.17), I hope you will considering coming back to my blog in a few days. I’m attending a training about literacy in social studies this week, and I got inspired to prepare my own

Winter at Valley Forge

I never make my students do enough writing. Quick writes are such a great way to see if students understood the day’s material but repeatedly assigning quick writes can get boring. I needed students to learn a little bit about

Winter at Valley Forge

I never make my students do enough writing. Quick writes are such a great way to see if students understood the day’s material but repeatedly assigning quick writes can get boring. I needed students to learn a little bit about

Latitude and Longitude Game

I had the best social studies teachers all through my K-12 career. I credit those men (yea, they were all guys) with instilling in me a love of history as well as a desire to teach. In junior high, Mr.

Latitude and Longitude Game

I had the best social studies teachers all through my K-12 career. I credit those men (yea, they were all guys) with instilling in me a love of history as well as a desire to teach. In junior high, Mr.