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United States History Club! (Ongoing)

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Welcome to a Comedian's History of the United States! In this ongoing Middle School & High School class, students will learn historical events that took place during that week and month. Games, trivia, prizes and lots of comedy!
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(976)
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US Grade 5 - 8
1. Students will improve their understanding of United States History. Each week, dozens of topics will be addressed and constantly reviewed throughout the class. 

2. Independent Reading
Each week during the school year, students receive a reading on current and historical events, geography, vocabulary and more.  We will have a short 3 minute quiz on this at the beginning of each class. 

3. Vocabulary
Our reading has vocabulary lists, activities and assessments. Students can create their own dictionary of unfamiliar words; they can add to their log each day with each edition.

I have been teaching US and Global History for over a decade as a History teacher at the middle school, high school and college levels. History has been my passion since middle school when I grabbed any book about US History, Global History, and Military History. 

I have been involved in speech and debate as a student and educator my entire life.  I learned more in my Speech and Debate Club than all my high school, college and law school classes combined. I joined the Speech and Debate Team at my middle school because I was very shy of public speaking. I have been hooked in speech and debate since! 

I received my B.A. from U.C Berkeley, Jurist Doctorate from Hastings College of Law, and Masters Degree in Education at Pace University.  In 2002 I was accepted to Teach for America and I have been teaching since. I have been a public school teacher for ten years with the New York City Department of Education and taught speech and debate classes for about ten years with thousands of NYC students. My debaters have gone on to win city, state and national champion titles. I currently serve as Professor at Baruch College in the Communications Studies Department. I teach Debate and Argumentation classes as well as Political Rhetoric. 

As a teacher I helped to co-found the Big Apple Debate League which is now the NY Debate League. In 2011, I founded our city's Debate League with the mission that every middle school and high school should have a debate team. I served as Founder and Executive Director from 2011-2019 building the league into the largest citywide debate league in the nation, serving thousands of students every year.  In 2020, I left the nonprofit world, and I returned to my passion as a full time teacher! 

I have received numerous awards in education including the United States Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers Fellowship, Fund for Teachers Fellowship, Plank Foundation Fellowship, and Teach for America Innovation Award Finalist.

I love teaching. My grandparents, parents and my brother are all educators. There is nothing more fun than sharing your passion with others. 

My philosophy of teaching is learning should be fun and challenging.  I always begin my classes with current events trivia.  My lectures are interactive with movie clips, songs, puzzles and other engaging tools.  We always practice our public speaking and debate skills. All my classes end with a fun and competitive speech and debate practice or tournament.  My mission is all students should have access to speech and debate.

Press. Below are some news articles about me and my debaters! I owe everything to my own debate teacher and coach and so everyday my mission is to support future debaters! 

1. Bronx debate team one of 12 school groups nationally to get visit with Michelle Obama

2. New York City Teacher Creates After School Debate League Lauded by the White House
Students should come to class with a brief historical topic, question or event to share and practice public speaking and presentation skills. 
We will be discussing numerous mature historical issues from the past to the present. Some of these issues will be controversial and mature in areas of politics, wars, discrimination, crime and prejudice (sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia). So students and families should be aware and prepared for mature content and mature issues.

Comedy! If not comfortable with Comedy Shows this is not the class for you! We will be using lots of mature comedy content from such shows as Saturday Night Live and other late night and daytime comedy shows! My goal is to engage students in current issues and build a lifetime commitment to current events by making it fun, humorous and to share good laugh. Smiling and laughing while learning is my goal! 

I understand that history can be controversial. I have been teaching debate for about twenty years, I was a debater for another ten years, and I have founded and directed the largest debate league in the nation! So I have substantial experience in speaking and debating on issues of controversy. My rule of thumb and one of the first things I say in class and our number one rule: RESPECT - we respect all viewpoints, politics and perspectives. As a teacher I am not focused on what the politics of students are but focused on HOW students express their opinions - public speaking skills, writing skills, reading skills, presentation skills, debate skills and social skills of respect towards all others. Additionally, for any issues of controversy we always discuss other viewpoints and arguments so that students learn and respect different perspectives.

External Resources Statement: We will be using a variety of classroom tools, readings, links and other external resources. Please review the Materials section before signing up for this class.  These resources are optional. No accounts have to be created. All these resources are free.  All these resources have been vetted and used widely by students, schools and teacher. But I do recommend that students read, listen or watch some sort of news and current events for the class. 
1.  History Trivia: We start and end each class with Trivia and Games
2.  Student Presentations
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This is a middle school and high school level class.  Topics are historical and so we will be also be discussing some sensitive issues of battles, wars, violence, discrimination, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and other controversial topics of US History. We will also examine how historical events relate to current events of today.  While all ages are welcome to try the class, please note that we will be discussing middle school and high school age topics. 
Each student will receive a weekly Current and Historical Events reading during the school year. During the summer, the student publications are on break. 

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(976)
Hi Everyone!  I have been involved in speech and debate as a student and educator my entire life.  I learned more on my Speech and Debate Club than all my high school, college and law school classes combined. I joined the Speech and Debate Team at... 
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