Upgrade Your Lesson Plans with These 5 Online Resources
Published on March 28, 2014 in EducationDIVE

Lesson planning is an art. A good lesson requires a fine balance of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), creativity, student buy in — and, of course, content.

While public perception can reduce the role of teachers to mere conveyers of information — as if knowledge is spread through osmosis — the actual process of creating an engaging, innovative, and informative lesson is far more complex.

Working in isolation to create the “perfect” lesson is time consuming, and relying too heavily on textbook curricula can feel uninspired.

Luckily, there is a happy medium… The below sites are awesome resources to get the juices flowing and inspire teachers to push innovative lessons into their classrooms, without reinventing the wheel.

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Women’s History Month: Six Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers
Published on February 21, 2014 in Edutopia

March is Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day, March 8, is also a part of the celebration each year. For educators and students, the month provides a wonderful opportunity to dig deeper into women’s contributions, struggles, and triumphs throughout history.

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Free Teaching Materials from the Zinn Education Project
Published on September 4, 2013 in Free Technology for Teachers

By Richard Byrne

A People’s History of the United States is frequently used by teachers of U.S. History because Howard Zinn’s book tells the history of the United States in a way it is quite different from typical U.S. History textbooks. A People’s History of the United States gives students an alternative perspective on history.
The Zinn Education Project is a website designed to help teachers use A People’s History of the United States in their classrooms. The Zinn Education Project provides complete lesson plans for use in elementary school, middle school, and high school settings. In some cases the lesson plans include document excerpts and references to A People’s History of the United States. On the Zinn Education Project site you can search for lesson plans by time period, theme, or by student reading levels.

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Marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in the classroom
Published on August 23, 2013 in NCSS SmartBrief

By NCSS SmartBrief

The 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, a pivotal moment in U.S. history, is Aug. 28. Bill Fletcher Jr., an author, activist and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., offers lesson ideas, such as comparing the text of the speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. with video clips, plus examining other speeches of the day. “We can all do justice to this anniversary by asking the right questions and providing the actual historical context in which the 1963 March unfolded,” Fletcher writes in this blog post. The Huffington Post/The Blog

 

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Teaching the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Published on August 22, 2013 in EdWeek: Teaching Now

By Anthony Rebora

Next Wednesday, Aug. 28, marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the monumental 1963 civil rights event at which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Commemorative events, including rallies and panel discussions, are being held over the next several days. On the day of the anniversary, President Obama is scheduled to address the nation from the very spot on which King delivered his speech.

Many of the events, according to reports, are intended not simply to celebrate the original march but to draw much-needed inspiration and lessons from it in the face of continued racial disparities and injustices.

For teachers looking to bring this historical moment to the classroom, a number of organizations are providing resources.

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Censorship Backfire: Surge of Interest in Zinn’s ‘People’s History’
Published on August 14, 2013 in Common Dreams

After revelations former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels sought to ban classic work, public interest soars

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Public demand for Howard Zinn’s classic book A People’s History of the United States is surging, something likely to make former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels none too happy.In July, the Associated Press revealed that Daniels, who is now president of Purdue University, sought to ban the works of Howard Zinn from Indiana classrooms.But since his “anti-Howard Zinn witch-hunt” has been exposed, Zinn’s People’s History has become “a hot read at libraries” in the state, the South Bend Tribune reports.

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Mountain View High School Teacher Recognized For History Essay
Published on June 30, 2013 in Mid-Valley News

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

Mountain View High School history teacher Chris Lewis was recognized last week for his essay on “how a people’s history is being taught, how teachers were introduced to the work of author Howard Zinn, and how students are responding to learning a more complete version of U.S. history,” along with how he implements the works Zinn in his classroom.

“The Zinn Education Project website has allowed me to find lesson plans and activities that help my students interact with challenging information,” said Lewis.  “What impressed me most about the lesson was the engagement required by students.  They had to interact at a high level of critical thinking.”

Lewis’ class recently held a Socratic seminar discussion of “The Coming Revolt of the Guard,” in “A People’s History of the United States,” centering around Zinn’s prediction for the future of America where students assessed the impact of small revolutions and evaluated Zinn’s proposal that it will be the disgruntled middle class that will rebel against the current system.

“Students are analyzing the ways in which the American Dream has changed over time and how the definition changes depending on the lens through which it is viewed,” said Lewis.  “I want students to see that the so called “dream” was different for the Puritans as they fled religious persecution, different for African Americans during the Civil Rights movement and different for those that live below the poverty line in today’s world.”

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What’s the Tulsa Race Riot?
Published on June 4, 2013 in Teaching Tolerance

Zinn Education Project’s Linda Christensen explains why it’s important to teach about the little-known 1921 Tulsa (Okla.) Race Riot.

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