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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

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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
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Currency Wars

Topic: Currency Manipulation
Teaching Area: World History
Grade Level: 9
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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

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
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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
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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

Are Women People?!

Topic: The Equal Rights Amendment
Teaching Area: U.S. History
Grade Level: 10-12
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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
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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

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