Tips for Remembering Constitutional Amendments

Do you know about ALL of the amendments to the Constitution?  Can you tell me what each one changed or added to the Constitution?  I can’t (gasp).  I’m betting your students can’t either (and probably you neither, unless you’ve been teaching Civics for a while).  Well, I found this video that gives some quick pneumonic devices to help you remember some of the more important amendments.  You don’t necessarily need to show this to your students, but I would watch it and go over these tricks with your students (and use them yourself).  The tip about the Reconstruction amendments is pretty helpful.

The one that he didn’t cover, which I think is super-important, is the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.  I actually scoured the internet (ok, I looked for 10 minutes) to see if anyone else had tips for remembering the 19th, and I couldn’t find anything useful!  I used to tell my students to imagine a bunch of women standing in line to vote wearing t-shirts that say “19” or imagine a bunch of girls jumping up and down squealing, “I’m 19!”  You know, that would be a good extra credit assignment; have students come up with easy and creative ways to remember the some of the important amendments.

Do you have any neat ways to remember amendments?  Leave them in the comments below!

Create a Twitter Page for a Historical Figure

Can you imagine what it would be like if John Wilkes Booth had a Twitter page?  Or Adolf Hitler?  What would they say?  Well, now your students can have fun figuring out what these (and many more) historical figures would say on social media.  I have finished my most recent curriculum project for US History, and I’m so excited to finally put it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

My new product “Create a Twitter Page for a Historical Figure” includes:

  • A blank printable Twitter template for students to fill in
  • A digital Twitter template for students to complete
  • 46 assignments covering various historical figures from the colonies to Ronald Reagan
  • Detailed student and teacher instructions
  • Optional rubric
  • PowerPoint slides to display the assignment on the board
  • An example of a filled in template

In each Twitter assignment, students will have to create the following for their historical figure:

  • Basic biographical information
  • A unique, creative username
  • Up to 6 historically relevant tweets
  • Up to 3 suggestions as to who they should follow on Twitter (ties to other figures of the time period)
  • Up to 7 trends (historical relevance)
  • A small profile picture
  • A header image

Wouldn’t your students rather do something like this than complete a worksheet?  Click here to purchase or find out more!  You get 46 assignments for less than $0.18 each!  That’s 46 new ideas for your US History class!  You can also use the template for other classes, like World History.  Check it out!

Great Example of Connecting Students to Content

This!  Yes!  Yes!  A thousand times YES!  This teacher is doing it right!  If you don’t establish relevance or allow your students to form a connection to the material, they either won’t remember it or won’t care about it!  Think about it.  Have you made things so interesting or gotten such an emotional reaction out of your students that one of them actually posted about it later?  Let that be your goal today…and every day!

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Civil War Cannonballs Surface in SC After Hurricane Matthew

How cool is this?!  Hurricane Matthew unearthed or washed up some cannonballs from the Civil War.  They were discovered on Folly Beach in SC!  Watch a quick interview with the person who discovered them (see embedded video below) which gives some great footage of the discovery.  Click here to read the whole article.

| WBTV Charlotte

 

Photo: Embarkation for White House, from Yorktown, VA., Library of Congress – Public Domain

Columbus Day Video

Here’s a great four-minute video from the History Channel that you can show your students on Columbus Day, if you aren’t out of school (and if you are, show it when you get back).  It does a great job of explaining the purpose of Columbus’s mission and how it is linked to the holiday.

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