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By using a simple mnemonic device, this skinny poster illustrates the factors that characterize any civilization: Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economics, and Social Structures.

It would be a good way to channel students' focus when talking about different civilizations or eras. It breaks a huge idea down to six different topics, with varying complexities.

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Stop Blaming Teachers for everything wrong in education! For my awesome teacher friends.

How the 50 US States Got Their Names - Here's a fun online quiz that you can use with your students. Post it to a private audience by using email addresses. #history #geography #socialstudies:

Geography & Social Studies activities: How the 50 US States Got Their Names - Here's a fun online quiz that you can use with your students. Post it to a private audience by using email addresses.

MIMAL is a geographical acronym referring to five states in the United States: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.The term is used as reference to the fictional person of Mimal the Elf or Chef, whose body is composed of the five states found on the west bank of the Mississippi River. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIMAL #Geography #MIMAL

Here's the man in the middle of US map. This is a good tool to help students remember where these midwestern states are located.

Revolutionary War Timeline  Events of The American Revolution. My biggest complaint is it neglects the critical Battle of Saratoga, which is the reason the French signed the alliance in the first place...

History of the American Flag

I like the layout of this timeline. Revolutionary War Timeline – Events of The American Revolution. My biggest complaint is it neglects the critical Battle of Saratoga, which is the reason the French signed the alliance in the first place.

A good list of writing topics students should master before high school.

Teach Your Child to Read - A good list of writing topics students should master before high school. - Give Your Child a Head Start, and.Pave the Way for a Bright, Successful Future.

Out with the old and in with the new! Contemporary young adult literature has so much to offer when used in the classroom. Its topics resonate with students and its characters are relatable; students can find parts of themselves in the novels. If you are making additions to or revising the reading list for your English Language Arts course, here's 21 young adult literature titles that are worth checking out for middle school and high school students.

Young Adult Literature for the Secondary Classroom: 21 Titles Worth Checking Out

Contemporary young adult literature has so much to offer when used in the classroom. Its topics resonate with students and its characters are relatable; students can find parts of themselves in the novels.

20 Job Readiness Skills - Students need these skills to succeed in the workplace. [infographic]

9 Awesome Classroom Activities That Teach Job Readiness Skills

Best way to teach Hamilton (the Musical) in the classroom.  Many moons ago (2009 to be exact), before Hamilton was a big hit on Broadway, Lin Manuel Miranda presented a rap song to President Obama at the White House Poetry Jam.  It was funny, fresh a…

Teach Hamilton (the Musical) In the Classroom

Best way to teach Hamilton (the Musical) in the classroom. Many moons ago to be exact), before Hamilton was a big hit on Broadway, Lin Manuel Miranda presented a rap song to President Obama at the White House Poetry Jam. It was funny, fresh a…

Story of the Week: Immigrant Picnic.  Also video interview with the poet about immigrating to America and learning English.

Story of the Week: Immigrant Picnic. Also video interview with the poet about immigrating to America and learning English.

izzit.org: Free Educational Videos    Check this out: FREE VIDEOS for your classroom. I have used this for over 7 years now.

I’m always on the prowl for engaging news stories that will give my high school English students access to high-quality writing on topics that will actually hold their interest.

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