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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

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
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

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

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
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

World Population

Topic: The impact of population growth on the world
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 9
person holding sign that says ex-felon voting bans - racist then racist now

Racial Patterns in Felony Disenfranchisement

Topic: Felony Disenfranchisement
Teaching Area: American Government
Standards: ODE American Government Standard 17
Grade Level: 11-12
drawing of internet communications

What Will the Internet Bring?

Topic: Internet
Teaching Area: American History
Standards: Ohio American History Standard 10: Immigration, internal migration and urbanization transformed American life.
Grade Level: 9-12

The Federal Government and Policing the Police

Topic: Does the United States have the tools to police the police?
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: American Government 6
Grade Level: 9th to 12th Grades
1968 numbers with images behind the numbers

A Time It Was: 1968 Around the World.

Topic: Globalism
Teaching Area: History
Standards: OHSS 25: The Cold War and conflicts in Korea and Vietnam influenced domestic and international politics. OHSS 27: Following World War II, the United States experienced a struggle for racial and gender equality and the extension of civil rights.
Grade Level: 9-12

Comparison of Imperialism and Globalization

Topic: Imperialism and Globalization
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: ONLS.MWH.11; CC.RH.1112.6; CC.RH.910.9
Grade Level: 9
woman holding a sign about attacks in Yemen

A Crisis in Yemen: A Brief History

Topic: Crisis in Yemen
Teaching Area: World History
Standards: CWI 9, CWI 18, WG 14
Grade Level: 11-12
A vigil for increasing mental health care at Cook County Jail in 2014 (photo credit: Sarah-Ji).

Evolution of the Treatment of Mental Illness

Topic: Mental Illness
Teaching Area: Psychology
Standards: American Psychological Association National High School Psychology Standards; Standard Area: Treatment of Psychological Disorders; Content Standard 1.1: Explain how psychological treatments have changed over time and among cultures.
Grade Level: 9-12

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