Category Archives: Social Studies

Lesson plans that use the high school social studies curriculum to build literacy and learning skills.

Cultural Literacy: Aristocracy

OK. here on a Sunday afternoon is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on aristocracy. By the strict definition of Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s another stretch. On the other hand, students need to understand the concept of aristocracy to understand land distribution across the Latin American world and its consequence, poverty.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Independent Practice: Sparta

Here’s an independent practice worksheet on Sparta.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

The Weekly Text, October 12, 2018

Today is the final Friday of Hispanic Heritage Month 2018. This week’s Text is this reading on the Inca rebel Tupac Amaru II and the comprehension worksheet that accompanies it. If you recognize this anti-colonialist hero’s name, it’s very likely because the late rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur was named for him.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Cultural Literacy: Appalachian Mountains

Mark’s Text Terminal is about to move to another state, so I spent the day dealing with that. Here, as I wind things down, is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Appalachian Mountains.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Francisco de Goya

Somewhere in the shuffle of documents for posts in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 (and those for 2016 and 2017 as well) l misplaced this reading on Francisco de Goya and the comprehension worksheet that complements it. He’s a key late-Enlightenment figure, and this reading has some key points on art history.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Hallmark (n)

This context clues worksheet on the noun hallmark was one of the first of these exercises I composed. Student in a freshman global studies class I was co-teaching were reading about river valley civilizations, and the locution “hallmark of civilization” recurred in the textbook we were using. Finally, one plucky ninth-grader stood up and said “We have a Hallmark store in my neighborhood.”

So I knew I needed this worksheet.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Fidel Castro on Cuba’s Propinquity to the United States

“You Americans keep saying that Cuba is ninety miles from the United States. I say that the United States in ninety miles from Cuba and for us, that is worse.”

Fidel Castro, quoted in Herbert L. Matthews, Castro: A Political Biography (1969)

Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.