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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

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

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

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

It’s Kimpossible to Get Married in Rowan County, Kentucky Right Now

Topic: Marriage Equality
Teaching Area: American Government
Standards: OCSS:16; OCSS:20
Grade Level: 12
a researcher looking at a test tube of liquid

Pandemics Now, Then, and Again

Topic: Pandemics
Standards: Contemporary World Issues 16: Nations seek to ensure the security of their geographic territories, political institutions, economic systems and ways of life. Maintaining security has political, social and economic costs.
Grade Level: 9-12
bus with sign on side reading Soybean Powered, This bus runs on soybean bio-diesel

The Bottom of the Barrel: The Long Transition of Energy in America

Topic: Do societies need fossil fuels?
Teaching Area: Environment
Standards: AH.31; MWH.28
Grade Level: 9-12

World Population

Topic: The impact of population growth on the world
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 9
a protest in Iran - armed military hold guns on citizens

The Iran-U.S. History of Turmoil

Topic: Iran-U.S. History
Teaching Area: Modern World History
Standards: Content Standard: Modern World History 19
Grade Level: 10
Middle East

Foreign Policy and the 3 Branches of Government

Topic: Foreign Policy and Government
Teaching Area: American Government
Standards: Ohio Standard for American Government #21; CCSS.ELA‐LITERACY.RH.1112.7
Grade Level: 11 and 12
Syria

Syrian Crisis & American Government

Topic: Syrian Crisis & American Government
Teaching Area: Globalization and American Government
Standards: Ohio American Government 4; Ohio American Government 21; CCSS.ELALITERACY. RH.1112.7
Grade Level: 11 and 12
map

Imperialist Roots for the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Topic: The immediate and long-term effects of Imperialism on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: MWH. 9-12.10
Grade Level: 9
people holding sign - from today our identity is Southern and African not Arabic and Islamic

Crisis in Darfur: Ethnic Cleansing

Topic: Ethnic Cleansing
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: MWH.9-12.23
Grade Level: 9-10
a military drone in the air over a desert

Military Drones: Terror Weapon or Military Tool?

Topic: Military Drones
Teaching Area: Modern World History
Standards: MWH. 17: World War II devasted most of Europe and Asia, led to the occupation of Eastern Europe and Japan, and began the atomic age
Grade Level: 9

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