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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans | Middle Childhood Lesson Plans

"The lesson plans on this website were created by the pre-service teachers in the Social Studies M.Ed. program and Middle Childhood Education M.Ed. and B.S.Ed. Both licensure programs are part of the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. Many of the lessons contain a high level of detail as we work to develop pre-service teacher thinking about their teaching and instructional choices while they are learning the planning process. The pre-service teachers are committed to excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content. Each lesson utilizes an Origins article and connects the topic with the New Ohio Learning Standards for Social Studies. The lesson plans vary in grade level, content, academic skills, use of technology, and instructional strategies."

"Thank you to the social studies pre-service teachers who committed their time to creating these plans and who so willingly shared their work. Finally, thank you to The Ohio State University’s History Department in supporting the development of pre-service social studies teachers and providing them a venue in which to share their lesson plans." -- Tami Augustine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Middle Childhood Education.

Middle Childhood Lesson Plans

Ancient China and the Peasant Emperor

Topic: Legacies of the Qin and Han Dynasties
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 7
Cartoon - Bosses of the Senate by Joseph Keppler

Voting Restrictions in a “Democratic” United States

Topic: Voting Restrictions
Teaching Area: U.S. Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Standards: ONLS 8.16; CCSS 68.6
Grade Level: 8

Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists: A Debate that Rages On

Topic: Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: Roles and Systems of Government #20; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2
Grade Level: 8th Grade

Singapore at Fifty

Topic: Singapore at Fifty
Teaching Area: World Studies from 750 BCE to 1600 CE: Ancient Greece to the First Global Age
Standards: ONLS 7.20; CCSS.ELA-­Literacy.RH.6-­8.2
Grade Level: 7
decorative element on a building

Karbala and the Sunni-Shia Split

Topic: Shia and Sunni Islam
Standards: OH SSG7 Standard #5
Grade Level: 7
Hiroshima Memorial

A Postcard from Hiroshima

Topic: Hiroshima
Teaching Area: U.S. Studies from 1492 to 1877: Exploration through Reconstruction
Standards: ONLS 8.19; LITERACY.RH.6‐8.1
Grade Level: 8
Hillary Clinton

Representations of Women in Politics in Modern Media

Topic: How are women in politics represented in the media?
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: Standard 19; ONLS 8.19; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2
Grade Level: 8th Grade
General MacArthur Memorial

The Philippines “A Sea of Troubles”

Topic: The Philippines
Teaching Area: Regions and People of the Eastern Hemisphere
Standards: Human Systems-7; Key Ideas and Details- 3
Grade Level: 6
an artifact

Who Owns the Past?

Topic: Museum Artifacts
Grade Level: 7
A pen, ink and watercolor painting done of Cuba's Havana Bay in 1639.

U.S. and Cuban Relations

Topic: U.S. and Cuban Relations
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9‐10.3; ONLS.CWI.9.12
Grade Level: 9

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

Information Leaks in American History

Topic: Information Leaks in American History
Teaching Area: American History
Standards: CCSS.ELA‐LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.B
Grade Level: 10
man looking out a window

The Creation of Student Loan Debt in the United States

Topic: Student Debt
Teaching Area: American History
Grade Level: 9-12
person holding sign that says ex-felon voting bans - racist then racist now

Racial Patterns in Felony Disenfranchisement

Topic: Felony Disenfranchisement
Teaching Area: American Government
Standards: ODE American Government Standard 17
Grade Level: 11-12
ACT UP logo

ACT UP, Ball Culture, and the AIDS Crisis

Topic: Queer Community response to the AIDS crisis in the U.S.
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: ODE.AM.H.28.
Grade Level: 10-12
Vietnamese Children

Voices of the Vietnam War

Teaching Area: American History
Standards: AH. 25
Grade Level: 9-10
Putin and Trump meeting

Twitter Cold War

Topic: Did the collapse of the Soviet Union mark the end of the Cold War?
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: ONLS (Contemporary World Issues) 1; ONLS (American History) 27
Grade Level: 10th Grade
Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson 1968

Racism: Past and Present

Topic: Racism
Teaching Area: World History and American History
Standards: U.S History #28; CCSS.ELALiteracy. RH.910.2
Grade Level: 9 and 10
Senator Joseph McCarthy questioning attorney Joseph Welch during Congress’s Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954.

Media and Politics

Topic: Media
Teaching Area: History
Standards: WI 2., CSI 14, CWI 15
Grade Level: 11-12
miscellaneous currency

Currency Wars

Topic: Currency Manipulation
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 9

The Rise of New Populism

Topic: Global Populism
Teaching Area: Grade Modern World History/ Contemporary Issues
Grade Level: 9-10

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