Tag: Social Studies

Why I’m Not a Fan of Black History Month

Why I’m Not a Fan of Black History Month

It’s February, which means that lessons on important African Americans are about to be dusted off in classrooms throughout the U.S. Get ready for a laundry list of African Americans that seems almost frozen in time. Black History Month became a staple of U.S. classrooms […]

Make The 2019 State of the Union More Fun with Bingo

Make The 2019 State of the Union More Fun with Bingo

It’s that time of year again! That’s right – President Trump will give the State of the Union Speech on Tuesday, February 5. (Fingers crossed.) What to expect: A lot of clapping Some signature phrases Horn tooting Political drama Let’s face it – the State of the […]

3 Reasons I Love the New AP U.S. Government

3 Reasons I Love the New AP U.S. Government

I taught US Government for many years. And in that course, I touched on every 3rd rail of American politics – race, gender, class, abortion, gun rights, Social Security, etc. Literally every controversial subject possible came up in my class. I expected outraged parent phone […]

How to Keep Teens Loving Social Studies All Summer

How to Keep Teens Loving Social Studies All Summer

There may or may not be some pictures of me dressed up at a Civil War reenactment when I was in high school. Like full on dressed up with blouse, skirt, and bonnet. Ok, those pictures definitely exist, but I will never show them to […]

AP Exam Prep: Make the Most of Your Time

AP Exam Prep: Make the Most of Your Time

My AP US History teacher was perhaps . . . not the best person to prepare us for the exam. I knew there was a problem when 1st quarter ended and we were STILL in the colonial period. I lived in Virginia, but come on! […]

RAFTing Through Social Studies

RAFTing Through Social Studies

I had assigned a writing project to my US History students; when they were turned in I had 1 extra. That’s right. One extra. In addition to his graded assignment, a student actually created a SECOND project and turned it in. For funsies. That’s when […]

2018 State of the Union Bingo and Watching Guide

2018 State of the Union Bingo and Watching Guide

Psst! Are you looking for the 2019 version of my bingo cards? If so, head over to this year’s post, download, and enjoy! If you really want last year’s cards, scroll down. Let’s face it – it’s been a rough political year. Really rough. I […]

How Useful is Khan Academy AP Exam Practice?

How Useful is Khan Academy AP Exam Practice?

Teens don’t read for class. I came to this conclusion within my first year of teaching and I have never been proven wrong. Many students, even seniors in AP US Government, simply refuse to read textbooks. Drives.me.crazy. No AP teacher, no matter how fast he […]

My Favorite Podcasts for Social Studies Nerds!

My Favorite Podcasts for Social Studies Nerds!

I love podcasts. Like really love podcasts. I probably listen to 10 hours of podcasts a week while walking outside, cooking, driving, working on the computer . . . you get the point. I listen to a variety of podcasts, but most fall under a typical […]

Talking with Teens about Charlottesville – Tips and Resources

Talking with Teens about Charlottesville – Tips and Resources

The last week was ROUGH. Like “Where is the chocolate? I need it in my mouth right now before I end up crying in the fetal position” kind of rough. Even more than a week later, I am still processing what happened in Charlottesville and […]