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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

Ancient China and the Peasant Emperor

Topic: Legacies of the Qin and Han Dynasties
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 7
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

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

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
decorative element on a building

Karbala and the Sunni-Shia Split

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

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Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

Legacies of WWI

Topic: The long-term effects of the First World War
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 9

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
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
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
US National Security Agency Seal

Who is Big Brother and Why is He Always Watching?

Topic: Domestic Surveillance
Teaching Area: U.S. History
Standards: American History ODE 33
Grade Level: 10-12

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
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

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
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
bus with sign on side reading Soybean Powered, This bus runs on soybean bio-diesel

The Bottom of the Barrel: The Long Transition of Energy in America

Topic: Do societies need fossil fuels?
Teaching Area: Environment
Standards: AH.31; MWH.28
Grade Level: 9-12

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