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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

Karbala and the Sunni-Shia Split

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

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
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
an artifact

Who Owns the Past?

Topic: Museum Artifacts
Grade Level: 7
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
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
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
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

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

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

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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
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

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

Are Women People?!

Topic: The Equal Rights Amendment
Teaching Area: U.S. History
Grade Level: 10-12
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
Sign Reading Mask On Stop the Spread

American Individualism & COVID-19

Topic: American Individualism & COVID-19
Teaching Area: U.S. History
Standards: ODE.US History.16; ODE.US History.30
Grade Level: 10
marijuana label - orgo blackberry 3.7 g For medical use only

Government Smackdown: Federalism

Topic: Federalism, Ohio’s Issue 3
Teaching Area: American Government
Standards: Ohio American Government 19 Standard; CCSS.ELA‐Literacy.RH.11-12.7
Grade Level: 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
The statue of Saddam Hussein topples in Baghdad's Firdos Square on April 9, 2003.

Breaking the Trust: Relation Tensions Between Iraq and the US

Standards: A.H. 33. M.W.H. 19. C.W.I. 17.
Grade Level: 9-12
Afrofuturism sign

Afrofuturism: Constructing a Better Future

Topic: Challenging students to think about Afrofutrism’s purpose and effects.
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 12

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