Monday, January 29, 2018

Civics and Government Curriculum Now Available on TpT!

Exciting news! My Civics and Government Curriculum is now available on TpT!

The download includes over 300 resources (and growing) and each one is perfectly organized by unit so you know exactly how to teach each lesson from Day 1 of the school year to Day 180. In between, your year will be filled with activities that both you and your students will love.

There are countless projects, visually-engaging PowerPoints with editable guided notes, reading guides and worksheets, hands-on interactive notebook pages, Google Drive activities, and much, much more. 

In all, you get 11 units for a full curriculum for American Government:

Click on any of the links above for an in-depth preview of each unit.

Every resource in each unit is perfectly organized by day, with multiple activities to use during each class period. Every unit begins with lesson plan/directions file with suggestions for each day along with warm ups, links to online videos, tools, games, and more! 

You even get an editable syllabus with links to 2 free online textbooks, a pacing guide for the whole course with what to cover every day, midterm and final exams, review materials, and more! Everything you need for the whole year is at your fingertips.

You can download this fantastic curriculum here and start right away!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Students of Civics Complete American Government Curriculum

Exciting news for Civics teachers: my new American Government curriculum is almost complete!

This curriculum, available at includes full lesson plans for every day of the school year!!! Yep, not only do you get the most engaging social studies resources available anywhere, you also get easy-to-follow lessons to help you through all of the great activities and how to use them successfully in your classes.

You can take a closer look at all the units included in the curriculum here. Each is based on state and Common Core Standards, so you can be sure that your lessons will match up with what your students need to learn. There are units on:

  • Intro to Government
  • Foundations of America's Government
  • The Constitution and Federalism
  • Political Parties & Ideology
  • Campaigns & Elections
  • The Legislative Branch
  • The Executive Branch
  • The Judicial Branch
  • Civil Liberties
  • Foreign Policy & Comparative Government
  • Local Government

Each unit is filled with awesome resources like interactive notebook pages, digital Google Drive activities, PowerPoints with guided notes, and more! You can take a closer look at the resources here

Simple lesson plans accompany all of the activities for every day of the year as well, so there's no wondering how to use a resource in your class. These lesson plans include links to relevant videos and websites to enhance each lesson.

Plus to close out each unit, there are multiple review games like Kahoot, Quizizz, FlipQuiz, Quizlet Live, and more before it culminates with an editable assessment.

You can join Students of Civics today and get immediate access to ALL of these amazing resources right away.

If subscribing isn't for you, you can also download each unit individually here on TpT!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Protestant Reformation and What it Means to Resist & Collaborate Lesson Plan

This Protestant Reformation Lesson Plan has your students learning about key events from the Reformation and deciding if they would join the movement, collaborate with the Catholic Church, or act like nothing was going on.

I really want to get the students in my classes to think about what resistance means and how it can impact the brave people like Martin Luther who stand up to those in power. I also want them thinking critically about what it means to ignore injustices or collaborate with those committing them.

This complete lesson download includes short readings on 4 early events/people that influenced the Protestant Reformation:

  • John Wycliffe Declared a Heretic
  • Jan Huss Executed for Heresy 
  • Martin Luther posting the 95 Theses
  • The Affair of the Placards

After reading about each event, students decide if they'd join the Protestant movement, collaborate with the Roman Catholic Church, or choose to ignore it and act like nothing had happened. After going through all 4 events, students analyze what their role would have been in the Reformation as a whole.

Finally, students analyze what it looks like and what the repercussions can be for those who resist, collaborate, or ignore.  This download includes both printable and Google Docs versions of the activity along with directions pages for both the students and you as the teacher.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Back to School Project - Medieval Coat of Arms

This excellent Coat of Arms project is great for a unit on the Middle Ages or for a back-to-school "get to know each other activity"!
Included in your download is a simple directions page for students that provides the historic background of Coats of Arms and heraldry in Europe. It also provides students simple instructions on how to create a Coat of Arms. Next is a fantastic printable Coat of Arms template to use in class and a rubric to help with grading.

This is a very fun project that allows students to be creative, while also engaging in history content. I have used it at the beginning of the year as a way to get to know students as well as in the middle of the year during or unit on Medieval Times.

These projects always make for excellent classroom decorations before Back to School night!

Hope you have a great back to school season!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Indian Removal Act and Trail of Tears Lesson Plan

This engaging lesson plan on the Indian Removal Act is an awesome way to get students thinking critically, analyzing primary sources, and working together!

The complete lesson features directions for the teacher to set up multiple activities in one class period. There's a warm up question, introduction, link to a short video, and discussion points before leading into the primary source analysis activity.

There are 10 short excerpts from various speeches or documents related to the Indian Removal Act. These include words of:

  • President Andrew Jackson
  • Cherokee Chief John Ross
  • Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Soldiers who participated in the forced Indian Removal
  • Native American voices
  • ... and more! 

Each helps students gain a clearer image of the divergent views regarding the removal of the Cherokee and other Native American groups from the southeast.

Students record their own analysis of each on a chart then move on to a longer primary source speech to analyze. A worksheet is included for this speech to help students focus on the key points.

Answer keys for each are included for your convenience along with ideas for extension activities.

You can download this great lesson for your students here. Or, you can also get this resources along with 50 more on Early America as part of my Complete Early American History Unit Plan.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Early Humans and Prehistory Interactive Notebook Activities

This download features 9 Interactive Notebook pages all about early humans and prehistory! These amazing Interactive Notebook pages include graphic organizers, creative foldables, pop-ups, timelines, and more!

These are incredible resources for getting students engaged and active in their learning and allowing them to be creative with their notes. 
Topics covered include:
  • Early hominids including Australopithecines, Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, Neanderthal, & Cro-Magnon
  • Early human migraton
  • Hunter-gather societies
  • Cave paintings
  • The Agricultural/Neolithic Revolution
  • Comparing the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages
  • Archaeology, artifacts, fossils, and carbon dating
  • The characteristics of a civilization
  • Vocabulary activities and more! 

This interactive notebook set is guaranteed to help your students enjoy learning about prehistory and early humans while gaining a better understanding of important concepts, events, and the evolution of early man. 
Each page is designed to engage students and get them thinking critically while also forming a personal connection to the material. The download is also filled with pictures of completed pages so you and your students can easily see how each page should be cut, pasted, folded, or completed.
An online, digital version of pages like these can be found here in the Prehistory and Early Humans Google Drive Interactive Notebook.
Both the interactive notebook and the Google Drive version can also be downloaded, along with many more great resources for teaching this era in this Prehistory and Early Humans Complete Unit Bundle.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Updated World War 2 Unit Plan!

I just gave my World War 2 Unit Plan Bundle a big update and it now includes over 50 activities for teaching everything about WW2 for either World or US History!

This awesome package features interactive notebook pages, Google Drive, PowerPoints, projects, dozens of primary and secondary source readings and activities, review materials, assessments, and more.

These are truly some amazing teaching resources and I know they will be awesome for your classes. I have used them myself for years now and refined them and added to the unit each year. Now, there's so many activities that you have choices each day about which resource you want to use. For example, on day 2 of the unit, there are 3 different reading activities. You can select one for your whole class or have students do different ones in groups!


It truly makes for an incredible and interactive unit in your social studies class. You can preview the entire unit here. It includes a Unit Planning Guide plus review materials at the end, including Jeopardy, task cards, and more. Then there's multiple tests to pick from which you can edit as well!

I promise this will be one of your best units of the whole year - packed full of exciting and egaging activities!

You can download this awesome World War 2 unit plan here!