I just found out i will be teaching some classes at a school i have been a para at. I know i will teach 8th grade american history - 1 semester - 50 mins/day. I havent had a chance to discuss anything with the superintendent yet, but i want to start prepping. I also would love ideas (or links to) group projects. So far I am thinking of having the class divided into 5 minutes of bell work (journal prompt or reviews question), go over journal prompt/review/preview. Lecture - i think some type of interactice notebook would be a good idea. Review main idea. Then break into groups and have a small project - a poster, advertisement, song, brochure, skit - something to have them use the knowledge they just learned. Each group can have a different main group. Each group presents (about 2 minutes.) Then homew (or 1st day of chapter) ohomework - monday - maybe something to do with vocab/timeline of events, tuesday interpretting a primary source, wed a blank facebook fill in or diary of a specific person or group of people, thursday review - friday tst. I know it is a lot of information to cover in a small time frame. Thoughts and suggestions welcome!