Subject: 11th Grade US History Time to Complete Lesson Plan: ~2 weeks Essential Question for the Unit: How did tensions lead to the Civil War? Learning Objectives: I will answer Document Based Questions to write a DBQ essay. I will explain how political, social, and/or economic differences between the North and South contributed to the […]

Teaching teenagers about atrocities humans have committed throughout history is difficult for a variety of reasons that extends further than the actual facts of these events. One of the bigger problems teachers encounter when talking about atrocities is that the level of violence that occurred during these atrocities are hard to fathom and imagine other […]

Op-ed comparing how history has been used politically in opposite ways over the same issue

November 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Op-ed comparing how history has been used politically in opposite ways over the same issue

History has been used for a variety of purposes other than simply learning about the past. History has been used by people in all parts of the political spectrum to explain their policies and justify why they are to make certain decisions, whether it dealt with domestic or foreign policy. When examining historical events, it’s […]

Project 3: Teaching History to an Unwilling Audience

November 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Project 3: Teaching History to an Unwilling Audience

To some people, the thought of studying history brings chills or recurring nightmares of being in school and learning history through repetition or any other cliché that is often associated with studying history. This is especially true in the classroom and I have been witness to it as a history teacher in a high school. In the beginning […]

Review of Pete Hamill’s Forever

October 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Review of Pete Hamill’s Forever

Forever by Pete Hamill is a historical fiction novel written by journalist Pete Hamill. This story is about a man named Cormac O’Connor who is granted immortality as long as he remains within the island of Manhattan. This novel starts off in Northern Ireland and it follows Cormac as he follows a man named Earl Warren, […]

Response to Cormac Shine

October 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Response to Cormac Shine

In Cormac Shine’s “Our world is changing. It’s time for historians to explain why”, Shine argues that historians should be more involved in contemporary debates about politics and society if they are to remain relevant in the public discourse. Although he points out that some historians do engage with the public, he makes it seem […]

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