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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

Secondary Childhood Lesson Plans

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

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
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

The Question of Immigration

Topic: Immigration
Teaching Area: American History
Standards: Ohio American History standard 31; Common Core Literacy Reading Standard 7
Grade Level: 10
sign that states - parental advisory explicit content

Fight For Your Right to Freedom of Expression

Topic: Freedom of Speech
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 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
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

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