This is a full-year US History curriculum bundle unlike any other! If you want to stop lecturing so much and instead just explore history with your students, this is the bundle for you. All the lessons and resources go with my engaging youtube history videos made specifically for high school students. And this makes for a perfect homeschool US History curriculum for high school students as well.
Check out this episode on "Women in World War II and the Real Rosie the Riveter" as an example of my story-lectures. History For Humans episodes are designed like lesson plans- beginning with a hook and exploration question, key vocabulary terms are defined to help visual learners and challenging concepts are explained clearly, and best of all, it teaches through the power of story! We know stories are how all humans, especially young learners, make sense of the world so why just lecture when you can "story-lecture?" Lectures are forgettable, stories make a lasting imprint!
While my units do not cover 100% of all state history standards, they do cover the majority of the concepts, terms, events, people, and ideas from each period in US History from the Gilded Age to the 1970s! They can replace your lectures and supplement textbook readings and they ensure an in-depth understanding of the most important events in US History post Reconstruction. They are absolutely perfect for a flipped classroom as well and great for homeschool history!
INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:
- 30 Engaging Story-lectures organized into 9 Comprehensive Units
- Interactive Notesheets that accompany each episode
- Google Form Quizzes for each episode
- Extensions Lessons and Activities that foster historical thinking skills!
All episodes come with an interactive note sheet that gets students to make predictions, analyze an image, define terms, and complete a cause and effect chart at the end. Then there are quick auto-graded Google Form quizzes to check for understanding from the video. All lessons also include an extension activity that has students dive deeper into the topic of the video. For instance, after watching the video learning about Jacob Riis and the New Immigrants and urbanization, students complete a mini-DBQ analyzing primary sources including a diagram, photograph, and text excerpt. There are scaffolded questions to support students for each source and then they write a mini-essay answering the inquiry question!
My focus for the history activities is to foster critical thinking and the development of historical thinking skills from souring documents, developing historical empathy, recognizing point-of-view and bias, chronological reasoning, comparison, and evaluating evidence. Although there are scaffolds to help ensure basic comprehension of key ideas to support diverse learners, all lessons and activities get students to think deeply and critically about history!
The extension lessons take between 40-60 minutes (which makes it about 90-100 minutes include the video, note sheet, and quiz). They include everything you need, so no textbook or internet is required. Within each unit, activities are varied to keep students engaged and include activities like timelines, creating political cartoons, analyzing propaganda or historical photographs, lots of readings of primary sources, simulations like shark-tank activities, or solving the Cuban Missile Crisis, some mini-DBQs and mini-essays.
While tasks are challenging there are always built-in supports for diverse learners. They really get students to connect to history in a meaningful way. And there are answer keys for everything!
This is an evolving and growing bundle and if you purchase at the current discounted price- you will get free updates including new episodes, projects, and more!
Unit 1- Gilded Age and Industrialization
1) Standard Oil & The Rise of Big Business
2) Haymarket Square Riot & Industrial Workers
3) "How the Other Half Lived"- Immigration & Urbanization
4) Tammany Hall, & Gilded Age Corruption
Unit 2- Progressive Era
1) The Triangle Factory Fire & Start of the Progressive Era
2) Roosevelt's Progressivism & Conservation
3) "The Night of Terror" & Women's Suffrage
Unit 3- American Imperialism
1) The Press Wars & The Spanish-American War
2) Panama Canal & Roosevelt's Big Stick
Unit 4- World War I
1) The Lusitania and America's Entrance to WWI
2) Free Speech on the Homefront- Debs & Sedition
3) Harlem Hellfighters & African Americans in WWI
4) Wilson & The Failed League of Nations
Unit 5- The Roaring 1920s
1) Scopes Trial & Cultural Conflicts of the Twenties
2) Al Capone & Prohibition: The St. Valentine's Massacre
3) Margaret Sanger, Flappers - The Birth Control Revolution
Unit 6- Great Depression and New Deal
1) Stock Market Crash & Causes of the Great Depression
2) Living Through the Dust Bowl & Great Depression
3) FDR's First 100 Days & the New Deal
Unit 7- World War II
1) Pearl Harbor- From Isolation to War!
2) The Real Rosie: Women in WWII
3) D-Day & The War in Europe
4) Dropping the A-Bombs & The War in the Pacific
Unit 8- Cold War at Home and Abroad
1) Berlin Airlift & Start of the Cold War
2) McCarthy's Rise & Fall & The Second Red Scare
3) The Cuban Missile Crisis
Unit 9- Civil Rights Movement
1) Emmett Till & Start of C.R.M.
2) The Sit-Ins & Early C.R.M.
3) MLK vs. MX: Two Visions for Civil Rights
4) The Olympic Protest & The Black Power Movement
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