Teaching American History Project
  Lesson Writing

The intent of this program is to create Nevada Standards based lessons for social studies teachers in Northern Nevada. These lessons should contain learning activities that reflect a variety of pedagogy and are relevant to students. Each lesson should contain clear and concise directions and reflect 15 hours of preparation time.

The TAHP Lesson Template must be used in order to create a uniform format on our website. To ensure that the lessons are historically accurate and have the highest quality, each lesson submitted must be approved by the UNR content professor and the TAHP director, Sue Davis. Please submit your lesson electronically to these evaluators. After the lesson has been approved a contract will be mailed to you so that you receive the $200 compensation for your lesson.

Our intent is to make all TAHP lessons consistent and web friendly. With this in mind, the lesson template was created with extensive guidelines as well as examples to help create your lesson. When using the TAHP Lesson Template, please refer to the instructions and examples. **Remember, these lessons should be intended for a beginning teacher. Please provide as much detail and information as possible.


Criteria for Lesson Plan

Introduction

1. Should be 3-5 paragraphs
2. Describe the general overview of the unit/lesson
3. Provide historical background

Objectives

1. Need to be specific and clear.
2. Describe student behavior rather than a learning procedure.
3. Teacher should be able to assess whether the students have accomplished the objective.
4. Each objective should describe only one learning outcome.
5. All lessons must include a literacy component.

Standards

1. Use only Nevada social studies standards that relate to American history. The focus of this grant is teaching American history.
2. Include the benchmarks for the selected standard.
3. Please include full text and numbers of both the standard and benchmark. Use format found in the example on the template.
4. Cut and paste Nevada Standards from web link that is attached to the lesson plan template.

In Class Activities

1. The instructions for the lesson plan should be in detail and state the length of time for each activity.
2. The instructions should be presented clearly and follow in a logical sequence. Number the In Class Activities steps.
3. All teaching materials must be listed and accompany the lesson plan such as worksheets, diagrams, discussion questions or video guides.
4. All lessons must use primary source documents and include the website or document.
5. All materials must be copyright free or public domain, unless you can provide documentation giving you rights to publish on our TAHP web page.
6. Student analysis of the primary documents should be included in the lesson. The NARA website contains worksheets for analysis of various types of primary sources. www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/lessons/analysis
7. Please do not submit a “lecture and a movie” lesson. Create a lesson that not only requires students to analyze primary sources but also requires them to use critical thinking skills.

Extended Enrichment Activities

1. Include other ideas (2-3) that could accompany this lesson.
2. Have one of these activities be a writing assignment. Please do not suggest that the students write an essay.

Materials List

1. List all materials that are needed to teach this lesson.
2. Primary source documents and their websites should be listed here. All materials must be copyright free or public domain, unless you can provide documentation giving you rights to publish on our TAHP web page.

Evaluation/Assessment/Font

1. This should reflect how the students would be held accountable for their learning in the lesson. Are they going to complete a worksheet, create a poster, etc.?
2. Give the criteria for each assessment. Perhaps students will draw a political cartoon for the final assessment of the lesson. What criteria will be used to grade this cartoon to assess their understanding of the content?
3. If you decide to have a test as your assessment, please include the test in your lesson.
4. Check to make sure your objectives correlate with your assessment.

Bibliography

1. List all materials that were used to create this lesson. This would include all copyrighted information. All materials must be copyright free or public domain, unless you can provide documentation giving you rights to publish on our TAHP web page.
2. List the web sites (again) for the primary source documents and a brief description of the web site.
3. Videos also need a bibliography.

 

When you are complete please double-check your lesson to make sure you have done the following:

1. Used 12 point and Arial font.
2. Did not use bullets.
3. Clearly stated the amount of minutes/hours it will take to teach your lesson.
4. Checked web site links to see that you can access the page needed.
5. Checked citations for accurate and complete information.
6. All materials are copyright free or public domain, unless you can provide documentation giving you rights to publish on our TAHP web page.

 


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For Grant Information: Sue Davis • 775-861-1241 • shdavis@washoe.k12.nv.us
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