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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

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

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

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
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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
George W. Bush

Moral Issues in Elections

Topic: Moral Issues in Elections
Teaching Area: Social Studies; American Government
Standards: Ohio Government Standard 1; Ohio Government Standard 2
Grade Level: 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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Why Some Votes Have Counted Less Than Others

Topic: Citizenship
Standards: American Government 11: Constitutional amendments have provided for civil rights such as suffrage for disenfranchised groups.
Grade Level: 11
Syria

Syrian Crisis & American Government

Topic: Syrian Crisis & American Government
Teaching Area: Globalization and American Government
Standards: Ohio American Government 4; Ohio American Government 21; CCSS.ELALITERACY. RH.1112.7
Grade Level: 11 and 12

The Rise of New Populism

Topic: Global Populism
Teaching Area: Grade Modern World History/ Contemporary Issues
Grade Level: 9-10

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