Pedagogy


@PhDRachel


Aug 2, 2022


Prioritizing Historical Events -The Comatose Uncle Exercise


This is a great first or second day assignment that I use in my modern U.S. history survey, which runs from Reconstruction to the present. It helps students understand that more was going on in the periods we are discussing than we could possibly cover... (Link)


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Jul 31, 2022


Intro to Primary Sources -Boston Massacre Activity


After explaining what primary and secondary sources are, I show students how to read and follow these sources. This means keeping an open mind and allowing the evidence in front of you to guide your conclusions. I give students the following instruct...


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Jul 31, 2022


Presidential Campaign Promises


When teaching the 2nd half U.S. history survey, we come all the way to the present. This can prove troubling for students as we cover the good, the bad, and the ugly of politicians they either admire or disdain.  To try to help students evaluate presid... (Link)


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Jul 31, 2022


Independence Day Break up Activity


We've all heard that the Declaration was like a breakup letter from the colonies to Great Britain. But what makes a good break up letter? What audiences did the founders have in mind when they wrote theirs? This activity helps students think about the ... (Link)


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