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Declaration of Independence… or the 1776 Version of “She’s Just Not That Into You”…

(Updated June 2021, Original Post July 2, 2018) It’s July 2nd which means I’m probably deep into John Adams (HBO) and muttering to myself that the REAL Independence Day is July 2nd. I digress. You can quote from the Declaration of Independence because, likely, your elementary school teacher made you memorize “We hold these truths […]

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Reframing Extra Credit

“Can I do extra credit to raise my grade?” I hated this question so much as a teacher. It required me to do more work and sometimes felt like it wasn’t a good practice. For a few years, I offered no extra credit because I didn’t have the capacity to grade anymore than I already […]

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Memorial Day Lesson/Project Ideas

Most teachers in the social sciences discuss the wars that America has been a part of. It’s also important to discuss the people and places. Here in Arizona, we often remember Pat Tillman, a NFL player who left to enlist in the Army after the 9/11 attacks. Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan and is […]

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Required Supreme Court Cases, Constitutional Clauses, & the Kitchen Sink

Here is a starting place or a review place. I took the CED, things I’ve used in class, and experience with grading FRQs to create this. Light gray is a video, yellow is the Constitutional clause that’s important, blue in other important information) Required Cases with Description from the CED (Constitutional Clauses highlighted for SCOTUS […]

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