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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

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
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
 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
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
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
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
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
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

Ancient China and the Peasant Emperor

Topic: Legacies of the Qin and Han Dynasties
Teaching Area: World History
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

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

Dome of the Rock

Religions of the Middle East

Topic: Religions of the Middle East
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: ONLS.MWHS.20; CCSS.ELA.SL910.1; C3.D2.HIS.14.912
Grade Level: 9 and 10

Legacies of WWI

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

The Long Legacy of WWI

Topic: Long-term effects of WWI debt.
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: AH.16; MWH.15
Grade Level: 9-12

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
male nurse holding syringe over small baby

Feast and Famine: Exploring Differences in Global Food Cultures

Topic: Food Disparity Between Cultures
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 10
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
Julian Assange on screen overlooking two men talking

Sociology - Deviance and Social Control: Information Leaks Throughout History

Topic: Information Leaks Throughout History
Teaching Area: Sociology
Standards: Sociology 7.2-4; RH.11-12.1
Grade Level: 11 and 12
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
sign on bridge that states - hands up dont shoot

The “Wars” on Crime and Drugs: A Gateway to Mass Incarceration?

Topic: Mass Incarceration
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: OH Social Studies Academic Electives Standard 2 & 3
Grade Level: 12
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

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