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Laura Pennington

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Laura Pennington is a former middle school Social Studies teacher turned freelance writer with a bachelor's in economics and a master's degree in political science. She is currently ABD with her PhD in public policy. Laura's lesson plans focus on engaging, thought-provoking activities for students in middle and high school Social Studies, many of which are DBQ or critical thinking-based.  Most of her hour-long lessons are grab and go, making them appropriate for the teacher in a hurry or for substitute lesson plans. Laura's lesson plans are for teachers of World & U.S. history, geography, and government/civics. She started making her lesson plans available for sale after receiving numerous remarks from her school administration about the quality of her materials.  

  • The KKK

    The KKK

    In this lesson plan for middle school, students will learn more about the Ku Klux Klan. This lesson plan is designed to take approximately one hour, but may take more or less depending on your students. The key accomplishments for students based on...

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  • The Abolitionists Webquest

    The Abolitionists Webquest

    This webquest could be used to fill one long class period or several smaller class periods. Students will conduct internet research to learn more about important abolitionists. This is the perfect precursor to an in-depth student project about...

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  • The Dark Ages

    The Dark Ages

    This 45-60 minute lesson plan is appropriate for teachers or to use as emergency sub plans. Brief short readings are included in the packet for students to analyze and complete a final activity about life during the Dark Ages. Everything is included...

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  • US Culture and Counterculture in the 1960's

    US Culture and Counterculture in the 1960's

    In this 45-60 minute lesson plan for middle school US history, students will answer or accomplish the following: • What was the countercultural revolution and why was this era called the Swinging Sixties? • How did politics in the U.S...

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  • Consequences of World War Two

    Consequences of World War Two

    This 45-60 minute lesson plan webquest is designed to help students answer the following general questions about the impact of World War Two: • What were the economic and human costs of World War II? • How did the end of World War II effect...

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  • Early Man - Reading Passages with Questions

    Early Man - Reading Passages with Questions

    This 45-60 minute lesson plan is appropriate for teachers or to use as emergency sub plans. Brief short readings are included in the packet for students to analyze and complete a final activity about Early Man. Everything is included for this lesson-...

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  • Mass Media in the 1950's and 1960's

    Mass Media in the 1950's and 1960's

    This 45-60 minute lesson plan helps students answer or accomplish the following: • Describe the role of the mass media on US social culture. • How did the mass media effect the civil rights movement? • Explain how the television...

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  • Slavery in the American Colonies

    Slavery in the American Colonies

    This 60 minute lesson plan is designed to help middle students answer the following questions: • When did slavery come to the colonies? • How did slavery affect the colonies? • Why did the colonies need slave labor? • Where...

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  • Continents

    Continents

    This 60 minute middle school lesson plan is geared to help middle school students answer the following questions: • How did the continents form? • What are the geographic features that define what a continent is? • What is the...

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  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise

    This includes a 60 minute lesson plan and a PowerPoint presentation to discuss the concepts of compromise and how it played out with regard to free and slave states with the admission of Missouri. This lesson has also been updated with a customized...

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  • Julius Caesar

    Julius Caesar

    This 45-60 minute lesson plan is appropriate for teachers or to use as emergency sub plans. Brief short readings are included in the packet for students to analyze and complete a final activity about Julius Caesar. Everything is included for this...

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  • The Watergate Scandal

    The Watergate Scandal

    This 45-60 minute lesson plan for middle school is geared to help students accomplish the following: ● Describe the events of Watergate. ● Explain how the events of Watergate led to President Nixon’s resignation. ● Determine what grounds the...

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