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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

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
 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

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

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
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
Vietnamese Children

Voices of the Vietnam War

Teaching Area: American History
Standards: AH. 25
Grade Level: 9-10
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
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
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
illustration of assassination by Gavrilo Princip

Gavrilo Princip: Puppet Assassin or Hero of the People

Topic: The causes of World War I included militarism, imperialism, nationalism, and alliances.
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 9-12

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