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Lesson Plans: Beginnings - 1800


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    Lesson Plan Norms, guidelines and rules:
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    1. This is a place to put lesson plans that you think might be useful to other people.  That means other people might use them, so don't put anything here that you don't want to share openly with the rest of the world.

    2. This is an educational website for 5th -12th grade US History teachers.  Keep the content appropriate for that audience.  (I know you will, but I have to say it)

    3. This site allows us all to contribute lessons, edit other peoples lessons, and add content to other lessons.  Be respectful.  We all know how much work a good lesson plan involves.  Keep your editions and additions constructive. 

    4. The internet offers unprecedented access to information, but a lot of it is copyrighted.  Don't post copyrighted things without proper attribution.  When in doubt, use a link to navigate to an item or page that might be copyrighted rather than copying and pasting.  The user who illegally posts copyrighted information will be responsible for the consequences.

    How to Create a Lesson:
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    1. While viewing this page, click new page.jpg in the blue menu bar.

    2. Delete the "Page Title" text and enter your lesson plan title.

    3. In the gray tool bar just above the title of your page, click on the "Template" button.

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    4. Select "Template: Lesson Plan" from the drop-down menu.

    5. Begin filling in the sections of the lesson plan template.  If you find that your lesson plan doesn't fit the template exactly, feel free to modify it, but try to keep things as uniform as possible.

    6. Tag your lesson, add files (PDFs of handouts, etc...) and add images to your lesson.  See instructions below.

    How to View a Lesson:
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    1. Click on the era that encompasses the lesson you want to teach from the left hand column of this page.

    2. Once some lessons have been entered by other users, they will appear as "sub-pages" under that heading.  For instance, lessons about the Transcontinental Railroad will appear as sub-pages under "Lesson Plans: 1754 - 1898" when you click on it.

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    3. Click on the lesson you want to see and dive right in!  You can use the Print Page.jpg button in the blue menu bar to print the lesson plan or save it as a PDF. 

    How to Edit a Lesson:
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    1. Navigate to the lesson you want to edit using the instructions for "How to View a Lesson" above.

    2. At the top of the page in the blue menu bar, click Edit Page.jpg

    3. A gray tool bar will appear and you will be able to edit the page as if you were the one who originally authored it.  Please be respectful of others work and only edit if you are contributing to the lesson. 

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    Tags help organize pages so they are easier to find by other users using the "search" function.  For instance, if I published a lesson plan about immigrant labor in the construction of the T ranscontinental Railroad, I could add tags like "Irish" "Chinese" "Labor" "Railroad" "Immigrant".  Tags cannot contain spaces, so limit them to one word, or a pair of words with out a space in between.  You can have as many tags as you want.  The more tags, the easier it is to find.  You can also tag other peoples lessons for them if you think of one that isn't already there. Here's how to tag a lesson:

    1. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

    2. Click on "Edit Tags"

    3. Begin entering tags in the bar that appears.  Separate each tag with comma.

    4. Click "Add Tag".

    5. That's it!

    Adding Files and Images:
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    Files and images can help enhance a lesson A LOT.  You could upload pictures you have taken of a historical site that you have visited.  You can upload handouts and worksheets you have created.  The possibilities are endless.  Just keep in mind that many things are copyrighted.  If it's a worksheet that came with the teachers edition of your textbook, for instance, it's probably not ok to post it as a file here.  Keep in mind also, that if the item you want to add to a lesson is available elsewhere on the web, you can simply insert a link into the body of the lesson plan to allow people to navigate to the resource.  That will avoid any possiblity of copyright infringement and the resulting jail time and fines.

    1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Attach File or Image"

    2. A window will appear and allow you to "Browse" your computer for the files and images you want to upload.

    3.Click "Browse" and find the first file...you will have to find it on your computer wherever you saved it.

    4. Repeat untill all of your items have been found then click "Attach Files"

    5. Your files and images will appear as icons at the bottom of the page.

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