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excellence in teaching social studies and to using current events to help middle and high school students engage with historical content.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

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
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

Big-time Bureaucratic Brouhaha

Topic: What kind of role does the Federal Government play in my life?
Teaching Area: Social Studies
Standards: American Government ODE 23; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.8
Grade Level: 9th Grade
An Aboriginal leader at the 13th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival in 2006.

Westward Expansion & Imperialism: Horse of a Different Color?

Topic: Westward Expansion and Imperialism
Standards: MWH. 11: Imperialism involved land acquisition, extraction of raw materials, spread of western values and direct political control.
Grade Level: 9

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
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
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

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

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