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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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

 Cañón_Silfra,_Parque_Nacional_de_Þingvellir,_Suðurland,_Islandia

Divergent Plate Boundaries: The Earth is Tearing Itself Apart

Topic: Iceland's Tectonic Plates
Teaching Area: Geology
Standards: 8.ESS.2
Grade Level: 8
US citizens in unemployment line

America and Unemployment

Topic: America and Unemployment
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: S.S. Ninth Grade Standard 20.; CCSS.ELALITERACY. WHST.910.1. B
Grade Level: 9
a highway with lots of cars on it

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: American Infrastructure

Topic: American Infrastructure
Standards: D2.Civ.1.6-8. D2.Civ.2.6-8.
Grade Level: 8
FARC

The FARC: A Road to Rebellion

Topic: How do political choices lead to conflict?
Teaching Area: History
Standards: Standard 8.22 & Literacy 6-8.2
Grade Level: 8
Alaskan fisherman looking at his wagon of fish

It’s the Factors of Life: Abiotic and Biotic Factors of Biomes

Topic: Abiotic and biotic factors in a biome.
Teaching Area: Environment
Standards: 7.LS.2
Grade Level: 7
Gladiator and football players

Gladiators and Football

Topic: Gladiators and Football
Teaching Area: World Studies from 750 BCE to 1600 CE: Ancient Greece to the First Global Age
Standards: ONLS.SS.7.2; CCSS.ELALiteracy. WHST.68.2a
Grade Level: 7

Sensationalism, Modern Media, & Presidential Elections

Topic: What drives media?
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: CCSS.8.19; Writing Standard 8.7
Grade Level: 8th Grade
The Great Wall of China

Walls and Barriers to the World

Topic: Walls and Barriers to the World
Teaching Area: Regions and People of the Eastern Hemisphere
Standards: ONLS 6.6; CCSS.ELALiteracy. RH.68.7
Grade Level: 6

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

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

Big-time Bureaucratic Brouhaha

Topic: What kind of role does the Federal Government play in my life?
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: American Government ODE 23; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.8
Grade Level: 9th Grade
An Aboriginal leader at the 13th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival in 2006.

Westward Expansion & Imperialism: Horse of a Different Color?

Topic: Westward Expansion and Imperialism
Standards: MWH. 11: Imperialism involved land acquisition, extraction of raw materials, spread of western values and direct political control.
Grade Level: 9

The Question of Immigration

Topic: Immigration
Teaching Area: American History
Standards: Ohio American History standard 31; Common Core Literacy Reading Standard 7
Grade Level: 10
A vigil for increasing mental health care at Cook County Jail in 2014 (photo credit: Sarah-Ji).

Evolution of the Treatment of Mental Illness

Topic: Mental Illness
Teaching Area: Psychology
Standards: American Psychological Association National High School Psychology Standards; Standard Area: Treatment of Psychological Disorders; Content Standard 1.1: Explain how psychological treatments have changed over time and among cultures.
Grade Level: 9-12
Trump Baby Sculpture with sign that reads time for a change

Dirty Water, Dirty Government

Topic: Water Pollution and Politics
Teaching Area: American Government
Standards: ODE 22
Grade Level: 12

Legacies of WWI

Topic: The long-term effects of the First World War
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 9

Comparison of Imperialism and Globalization

Topic: Imperialism and Globalization
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: ONLS.MWH.11; CC.RH.1112.6; CC.RH.910.9
Grade Level: 9
1968 numbers with images behind the numbers

A Time It Was: 1968 Around the World.

Topic: Globalism
Teaching Area: History
Standards: OHSS 25: The Cold War and conflicts in Korea and Vietnam influenced domestic and international politics. OHSS 27: Following World War II, the United States experienced a struggle for racial and gender equality and the extension of civil rights.
Grade Level: 9-12
photos of people who died during Rwandan genocide

The Extermination of a Nation: The Genocide in Rwanda

Topic: Ethnic Genocide
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: M.W.H.23; M.W.H.24; C.I.9; C.I.10
Grade Level: 9-12
US National Security Agency Seal

Who is Big Brother and Why is He Always Watching?

Topic: Domestic Surveillance
Teaching Area: U.S. History
Standards: American History ODE 33
Grade Level: 10-12

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