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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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


Pandemic Pedagogies is a collection of interdisciplinary curriculum developed by a team of faculty across The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, including faculty members from the departments of Dance, History, Microbiology, and Philosophy, and a Bexley High School master history teacher. This curriculum is intended to achieve several concurrent learning objectives:

  • Help students master course material.
  • Increase student empathy and awareness of the complexities of a pandemic (past or present).
  • Introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach to studying the human impacts of a pandemic (again, past or present).

Learn more at the Pandemic Pedagogies website.


Middle Childhood Lesson Plans

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
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

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

sign that reads First Amendment Permit Area

Does Profit Trump the Truth? The 1st Amendment in the 21st Century

Topic: Can media be both a commodity and a public service?
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: American Government, Standard 8
Grade Level: 11th and 12th Grades
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
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
miscellaneous currency

Currency Wars

Topic: Currency Manipulation
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
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
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

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