I {Heart} Thomas Jefferson

This past weekend, I was granted the incredible opportunity to go to Charlottesville, VA for a weekend seminar with Teaching American History¬†on Thomas Jefferson, which included some time at Monticello, my third favorite home of a Founder. It also didn’t hurt that UVA was in the Final Four and won that Saturday! Let me start […]

Writing a Collaborative FRQ

Every teacher has their own ways to teach FRQ writing for AP Government. When I taught APUSH with my team of 2 other teachers, I was the writing coach. It’s just something I’m good at. The other two gentleman are crazy content experts who would come in and wow the kids with their knowledge of […]

The Content Dragon

To start, my class is a semester long. This semester, I have 17 less instructional hours than I did from last semester. I am grappling with field trips, college visits, and most recently a threat to the campus that left me with about half of my classes. I’m making a calendar for my 1st semester […]

Push Past the Boundaries

If you have ever heard of or considered National Board Certification, I urge you to read the latest blog post from the Standard written by yours truly entitled Push Past the Boundaries. I cannot overstate how much this process changed me. It let me become the teacher I have always wanted to be by opening […]

The State of the Union Twitter Party

Article II, Section 3 “He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient…” Well, this State of the Union address has been mired by the government shutdown and a disinvite to the chambers […]

A Case for Reading The Whole Document- Letter From A Birmingham Jail

  Documents used: Letter to Martin Luther King A Group of Clergyman (1963) Required Document: Letter from a Birmingham City Jail (1963) (Annotations) Background documents (if you have time or students are lacking background) What the Black Man Wants Frederick Douglass (1865) Nonviolence and Jim Crow Bayard Rustin (1942) I originally did this lesson with […]