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Hidden History: Ridin' Shotgun!

Janelle Hopkins, M.Ed - World & US History
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Zoom into transportation history! Explore equestrian expressions from ancient times to train terminology of the Industrial Revolution and car colloquialisms of the modern age. Unpack the lingo, then race into an exciting Kahoot challenge.

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US Grade 5 - 8
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics. My academic journey included a wide range of courses focusing on various political and historical aspects of civilizations from different time periods and regions around the world. This comprehensive study allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the complexities of past and present societies.

Furthermore, I pursued a Master of Education degree specializing in Secondary Social Sciences, which provided me with advanced knowledge in teaching history, political science, and related subjects. I obtained certification from the state of Alabama, qualifying me to teach social sciences to students in grades 7-12.

Over the course of my teaching career, I have gained extensive experience instructing students in US and World history; dedicated to delivering engaging and informative lessons in these subjects. Additionally, I have conducted extensive research in both history and politics for over 20+ years, allowing me to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest developments in these fields.

My educational background, teaching experience, and research expertise have equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide students with a comprehensive and engaging learning experience. I am committed to fostering a deeper understanding of historical events and political dynamics while encouraging critical thinking and a passion for learning in my learners.
0 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: Available upon request
Details: To culminate our learning experience, we will engage in a lively Kahoot competition, where you will put your newfound knowledge to the test. This fun and interactive game will assess your understanding of the connections between transportation and language, and provide a fitting finale to our exploration. .
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Throughout our exploration, we may encounter references to elements commonly associated with the Old West, such as guns, dance halls, and saloons. These references serve as historical and cultural touchstones, providing insights into the time and context in which certain events and stories unfolded. It's important to approach these references with a balanced perspective, understanding their significance in shaping the narratives and themes we discuss. Our focus will be on understanding the historical context rather than promoting or glorifying any particular aspect. By examining these elements thoughtfully, we can gain a deeper understanding of the past and its impact on the present.
Joined June, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in Education from University of Montevallo
Alabama Teaching Certificate in Social Studies/History
Hey y'all! I'm Janelle, your not-so-average History teacher. I believe in making learning hands-on and engaging for my middle school students. Why is hands-on learning important for middle schoolers, you ask? Well, the simple answer is that middle... 
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per class
Meets once
50 min

Completed by 93 learners
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Ages: 11-14
2-8 learners per class

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