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AFRICA: It's Not a Country: Lesson Plans for Teaching About Africa in the Early Elementary Grades. Created by Preservice Teachers at Utah State University, Fall 1998. Contact Person: Professor Deborah A. Byrnes (byrnes@coe.usu.edu) Includes lesson plans on the following major topics - General Introductory Lessons on Africa, Daily Life in Africa Lessons, Geography/Environment Lessons on Africa, Wildlife in Africa, African Folktales, African Languages, Apartheid/South Africa, Children's Toys and Games in Africa, Food and Africa, Music- Art- and Beauty of Africa, African Names, Africa and the United States.

Celebrations: A Social Studies Resource Guide for Elementary Teachers. Fall, 1996. Developed by ELED 405 Students - Department of Elementary Education, College of Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322-2805. Instructor: Deborah A. Byrnes. These lesson plans cover many of our lesser-known holidays.

Champions of Resistance: Champions of resistance, brief biographies of famous and not-so-famous people who courageously resisted social injustice. Prepared by students in ELED 3000, Foundations of Education and Classroom Management, Utah State University. Contact person - Dr. Martha Whitaker - martha.whitaker@usu.edu Project Information: Effective social resistance is an essential part of our striving for a more democratic society. Children need role models who have championed the cause of groups of people who have had their constitutional rights denied or their voices silenced. Teacher education students wrote biographies about people who were "Champions of Resistance" - individuals who refused to settle for an inequitable social status quo. These brief summaries of their biographies are meant to be a resource for teachers who want to offer their students a wider variety of social change agent role models than is usually included in history textbooks.

ESL Assessment of English Language Learners - Students in the ESL Assessment of English Language Learners class were asked to develop criterion-referenced assessments to appropriately assess ELLs performance on academic and language objectives.   Each assessment plan was to provide ELLs with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the content objectives from the core curriculum according to their level of English language proficiency.

ESOL Instructional Strategies Lesson Plans - Prepared by Dr. Lisa Pray's ESOL Instructional Strategies Course Students: Students in the ESOL instructional strategies class were asked to adapt K-12 lesson plans used in mainstream classrooms to meet the needs of students who speak English as a second language.

Famous People - Mini-Curriculum Units: Created by Students in ELED 405, Teaching Social Studies, Department of Elementary Education, Utah State University. Winter, 1997. Contact Person: Deborah A. Byrnes (byrnes@cc.usu.edu). Teacher education students completed these mini-units as part of a course entitled "Teaching Social Studies." Each student was assigned a famous woman, African American, or African to research. After researching these famous individuals, the pre-service teachers developed short mini-units to teach about these people. The following big understandings were adopted to span the variety of mini-units that were developed:

  1. Individuals do and should make a difference 
  2. Role models help us to reflect on the qualities and actions we want to exhibit. 
  3. People's actions are influenced by time and place.
  4. Individuals are influenced by the groups and institutions around them.
  5. Our perceptions of people vary with time, information, and world view.

Genre-based Writing Units, Spring 2009, ELED 6380 Improving Writing Instruction. Course taught by Dr. Sylvia Read. Students in this class wrote week-long (or longer) units that teach students to write in a particular genre. The lessons are scaffolded, beginning with an immersion phase in which students are made familiar with examples of the genre, and continuing on with modeling, shared, collaborative, and independent writing. The units also include phases of the writing process including pre-writing, drafting, revision, and publication.

Globalization - A Social Studies Unit for Grade levels: 10-12. Author: Benicia D'sa (beniciad@yahoo.com), Graduate Student, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Utah State University.

Opening Doors to Social Studies With Children's Literature: Created by Students in ELED 405, Teaching Social Studies, Department of Elementary Education, Utah State University. Spring 1997. Contact Person: Deborah A. Byrnes (byrnes@cc.usu.edu)

Social Studies Curriculum - Mini-Units: These units were completed as part of a graduate class on the improvement of social studies instruction. Contact Person: D. Byrnes, Department of Elementary Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322-2805. (byrnes@cc.usu.edu). They include the following units: Neighborhood and Community: North Logan, Utah - Grades 2 and 3, Community Justice - Grades 3 and 4, Celebrating Diversity: Social Studies Unit for Primary Grades, Careers and Community Helpers - Grade 1, and World War I - A Social Studies Unit for High School Level.

Social Studies Lesson Plans Grades K-5: Created by ELED 4050 Students, Spring 2000. Department of Elementary Education at Utah State University. Contact Person: Professor Deborah Byrnes. Includes lesson plans in the following major subject strands - community and community helpers, American history, mapping, Utah, values and family, and global connections.

Social Studies Lesson Plans & Unit Summaries: Students enrolled in Teaching Elementary Social Studies (El Ed 4050) taught by Dr. Jay Monson, share their thematic/integrated units and lesson plans. Fall Semester 1999 and Spring Semester 2000.

Social Studies Units - Fall 2000: Created by ELED 4050 Students, Department of Elementary Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322-2805. General Contact: byrnes@coe.usu.edu These lesson plans cover a wide range of topics.

Social Studies Units: Fall 2003: These units, addressing issues of social justice and fairness, are designed for a 4-6 week period. Each unit provides a theoretical framework, organization, and sample lesson plans. These units were written by preservice teachers for ELED 4050, Teaching Social Studies, Department of Elementary Education, Utah State University. Contact: Dr. Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen at: tricia.gallaghergeurtsen@usu.edu

Social Studies Units: Fall 2004: These units, addressing issues of family, community, and culture, are designed for a 4-6 week period. Each unit provides a theoretical framework, organization, and sample lesson plans. These units were written by preservice teachers for ELED 4050, Teaching Social Studies, Department of Elementary Education, Utah State University. Contact: Dr. Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen at: tricia.gallaghergeurtsen@usu.edu

Social Studies Mini-Units - Spring 2002- Created by ELED 4050 Students, Department of Elementary Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322-2805. General Contact: byrnes@coe.usu.edu. Includes lessons on Kwanzaa, Japan, Hanukkah, and Fall & Winter Religious Celebrations.

Social Studies Webquests - Spring 2005: Created by Secondary Education 4200 students, Department of Secondary Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 84322. General Contact: Ms. Jamie Hodges - jlhodges@cc.usu.edu

Social Studies Webquests - Fall 2005: Created by Secondary Education 4200 students, Department of Secondary Education, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 84322. General Contact: Ms. Jamie Hodges - jlhodges@cc.usu.edu

Teaching About Human Rights - A Resource Unit Developed by Students in ELED 4050, Social Studies Methods. Department of Elementary Education at Utah State University. Spring 2003 - Professor Deborah Byrnes. Contact: deborah.byrnes@usu.edu