Contact Info

High School

Class: Social Studies Teacher

Teacher: Melinda Grimm

Email: melinda.grimm@mahoningctc.com

Extension: 1402

Room: G-31

Important Dates

Lesson Plans

August 21st through August 23rd

  • Seniors will begin a self reflection notebook on fears, anxiety and self esteem. On Friday, they will take a quiz on anxiety triggers.
  • I will review syllabus and class rules with Juniors on Thursday the 22nd, then they will take a citizenship quiz. On Friday, Juniors will play the budget game.

August 26th through August 28th

  • Seniors will complete an anxiety trigger activity and will begin their chapter 1 vocabulary. We will move on to the history of psychology and how to recognize and handle situations in which they may face in the Cosmetology field.
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, juniors will begin their timelines on the history of government and their charts on the different types of governments.

September 3rd through September 6th

  • No school on Monday the 2nd. On Wednesday, seniors will take a quiz on general psychology topics to see what they know. We will discuss the answers then they will complete an activity that ranks their levels of anxiety. We will be in the Joyce Brooks Center on Friday for the Wellness kickoff.
  • Juniors will complete a government timeline with me on Tuesday in class. They will begin working on their forms of governments charts. They will have the rest of Tuesday and Thursday to complete the chart, then create visual representations of each form of government. They must use elements from their labs in the pictures. Juniors will also be in the Joyce Brooks Center on Friday.

September 9th through September 13th

  • Seniors will complete their first set of reading notes. They will also complete an activity in which they create a workplace scenario about some type of workplace or customer issue. As homework, they will complete a series of questions about anxiety and how they cope through difficult situations. This will be discussed on Wednesday. We will also discuss the different types of psychology. Friday will be a discussion and video on superstition.
  • Juniors will complete their next chart covering systems of government and economic systems. Once the charts are complete, we will practice putting all information together. Students must be able to identify a form of government that matches a system of government and economic system.
  • On Thursday, students will choose groups and will be researching the development of a new country that needs to pick a new form of government. We will review background and economic information and maps that describe the new country. This will carry into Friday.

September 16th through September 20th

  • On Monday, seniors will continue the video on superstition. Anxiety questions and superstition homework is due today. Cos seniors will complete a self-esteem portrait. On Wednesday, we will discuss the different types of psychology, then will complete an activity on how to react to a stressful situation/angry customer. Friday will be a brain games video on anger. Students will complete discussion questions.
  • On Tuesday, juniors will complete a map activity on the new government they are forming and will then participate in a response group activity on creating a new government for a newly formed country. Thursday, we will complete a study guide and they will have a test on Friday.

September 23rd through September 27th

  • On Monday, seniors will do a classroom activity on the different types of psychological fields and the history of psychology. On Wednesday, seniors will complete an assignment on anger, our reactions to anger and how to use communication strategies in the workplace.
  • On Tuesday and Thursday, juniors will watch scenes from V for Vendetta and will analyze government's use of control strategies.
  • Waiver day on Friday the 27th.

September 30th through October 4th

  • Psychology students will complete reading notes for chapter 1 and will begin their packets on the functions of the brain. Wednesday will be a review day with a study guide and chapter 1 test will be on Friday. I will have a substitute teacher on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Government students will complete two amendment activities with the substitute teacher. On Thursday and Friday, students will continue to watch scenes from V for Vendetta to analyze government's use of control strategies.

October 7th through October 11th

  • On Monday, seniors will work on their study guides for the test on chapter 1. Test will be on Wednesday. No school for students on Friday.
  • On Tuesday, juniors will complete an outline of the Constitution. I will lead them through an exploration of the Constitution. I will introduce the Constitution scavenger hunt. Students will answer specific questions that can only be found by looking in the Constitution. This will take us through Thursday.

October 14th through October 18th

  • Psychology will be completing an introduction to chapter 3, The Brain. The will watch a video on how the brain processes information.
  • On Wednesday, psychology will complete reading notes on the nervous system and will work on their brain diagrams on Friday.
  • For Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, government students will continue working on their Constitution assignment.

October 21st through October 25th

  • Psychology students will be working on their brain projects this week along with completing reading notes for sections 3 and 4.
  • Government students will be completing the 1st Constitution assignment and will begin on the principles of the Constitution.
  • Government students will also receive their Amendment binder assignment sheet. The first two amendments will be due November 1st.

October 28th through November 1st

  • Psychology students will be working on their brain projects. Students will be working on reading notes for sections 1-3.
  • Government students will complete their charts on the Principles of the Constitution. They can also work on their amendment binders. Amendments 1 and 2 are due November 1st.

November 4th through November 8th

  • Psychology students will be working on their brain projects and neuron diagrams all week.
  • Government students will be working on their 2nd Constitution scavenger hunt and will receive their study guides for chapter 4's test. They will work on the study guide on Thursday and the test will be Friday. The 3rd Amendment is due on the 8th.

November 11th through November 15th

  • Psychology students will complete chapter 3 reading notes on Monday. On Wednesday, they will analyze the frontal lobe and abnormalities that occur after injuries. On Friday, they will take a short quiz on parts of the brain.
  • On Tuesday, Government students will take their Constitution tests. We will start Chapter 5 on Thursday, the Bill of Rights, and we will also take time to get their amendment binders finished for Friday.
  • On Friday, students will answer scenarios dealing with the Bill of Rights.

November 18th through November 22nd

  • Psychology students will completing sections 3 and 4 of their reading notes. They will also finish chapter 3's vocabulary. They will take the right/left brain test and will complete and assignment on Friday on how to handle difficult customers.
  • On Tuesday, government students will complete their charts on the Bill of Rights. They will analyze Supreme Court cases that go along with each amendment. On Thursday, they will complete scenarios that relate to the Bill of Rights and will have a quiz on them Friday.

November 25th and 26th

  • On Monday, November 25th psychology students will complete the right brain/left brain test.
  • On Tuesday, November 26th is the game of life activity with the seniors. Juniors will be in lab all day.

December 2nd through December 6th

  • On Monday the 2nd, psychology students will finish their reading notes for chapter 3 and will complete an activity with me on the importance of pausing before making rush decisions. They will complete their chapter 3 vocabulary on Wedesday and will take a color personality test. Friday will be their vocabulary quiz and students will get their chapter 3 study guides.
  • On Tuesday and Thursday, government students will begin their research on Supreme Court cases that relate to the Bill of Rights. All information can be found online or in their textbooks. They will have to research one case per Amendment and will write a short synopsis of each one. On Friday, they will complete their Bill of Rights charts by drawing pictures that represent each of the Bill of Rights. The 8th Amendment will be due on the 6th.

December 9th through December 13th

  • Psychology students will have their chapter 3 test on Monday, December 9th. On Wednesday, the 11th, they will complete a sleep and dream web-quest and on Friday, they will begin their reading notes for section 1 of chapter 5.
  • Government students will be working on their Supreme Court case projects and will have a test on the Bill of Rights on Friday the 13th. Amendments 9 and 10 are due on the 13th.

December 16th through December 20th

  • Psychology students will receive their sleep and dream log and instructions on how to complete it over Christmas break. Wednesday will be a work/make-up day.
  • Tuesday will be an introductory lesson on Federalism and students will have time to work on their amendment binders/notebooks. Thursday will be a work/make-up day.
  • Friday morning the Arts students will have breakfast and the talent show will be in the afternoon.

January 6th through January 10th

  • Psychology students will complete their reading notes on sleep patterns and disorders. They will then begin a project on the affect of drugs and consciousness and how to recognize signs of abuse in potential employees.
  • Government will begin their unit on federalism. We will complete guided notes on expressed, concurrent and reserved powers and students will complete charts on the powers of each level of government.

January 13th through January 17th

  • Psychology students will be working throughout the week on their dream/nightmare collages.
  • Government students will complete a Federalism activity on Tuesday. On Thursday, they will begin researching the steps needed to become an American citizen. They will have an amendment quiz on Friday.

January 20th through January 24th

  • Psychology students will complete chapter 5 reading notes and their study guides. No school on Monday and no classes on Friday.
  • Government students will begin a lesson on citizenship and will begin their search for a civic participation topic.

January 27th through January 31st

  • On Tuesday, government students will complete their citizen participation poster and will begin researching for their civic participation topics. They will also listen to 3 stories that include Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The Ryan White Story and The Story of Iqbal. Students will have to identify the types of civic participation found throughout the stories. The 24th and 26th Amendments are due on Friday and students will have a quiz on Federalism, The Progress Movement and the Civil War Amendments.
  • On Wednesday, Sociology students will work on their chapter 5 study guides and will discuss the Inception movie questions.

February 3rd through February 7th

  • On Tuesday, government students will begin an infographic project on a form of civic participation. We will discuss topics, how to create an infographic, sign up for a free site and how to research the topics. They will work on this all week.
  • In Sociology, students will work on their chapter 5 study guides and will have their vocabulary quiz on Friday the 7th.

February 10th through February 14th

  • Sociology: Test on Chapter 5 Consciousness for Monday and on Wednesday; an introduction to psychological disorders.
  • Government: On Tuesday, students will complete a study guide on Chapter 7 and their test will be on Thursday.
  • No school on Friday.

February 17th through February 21st

  • No school on Monday the 17th. Presidents' Day.
  • On Tuesday, government students will have a review then take their test on Citizenship.
  • On Wednesday, sociology students will complete an activity on diagnosing real and fictional characters.
  • Thursday, government students will take a political survey quiz and will complete an activity on how media influences political campaigns.

February 24th through February 28th

  • Sociology class will work on a packet where they have to diagnose fictional characters with possible psychological issues. On Wednesday, they will complete reading notes on anxiety disorders and will have a short quiz on Friday over the anxiety disorders.
  • Most juniors will not be here on the 25th for ACT testing at their home schools. This will be a work day for the students I do have.
  • Government students will analyze political posters and commercials to determine the persuasive techniques used and will complete the reading notes for the first section of chapter 9. This is due on Friday.
  • Students will have a quiz covering released End of Course questions.

March 2nd through March 6th

March 9th through March 13th

March 16th through March 20th

  • Psychology students will be working on their case studies all week.
  • On Tuesday, government students will have a quiz on the Ohio Constitution.
  • On Thursday, government students will do an activity on the Federal Reserve.
  • On Friday, there will be a quiz on the Federal Reserve and the last two amendments are due.

March 23rd through March 27th

  • On Monday, Psychology students will finish preparing their presentations on public figures they believe have psychological disorders.
  • On Wednesday, Psychology students will begin their presentations. On Friday, seniors will be on a field trip.
  • On Tuesday, Government students will play Kahoot on the principles of the Constitution. Next, they will take notes and complete two activities on the Federal Reserve.
  • On Thursday, students will do a review with me on their amendment binders. They will finish their Federal Reserve activities and will have quiz using their amendment binders on Friday.

March 30th through April 5th

  • Psychology class will be presenting their case studies in class all week.
  • Government classes will finish The Federal Reserve Unit on Tuesday and will have a quiz on Thursday.
  • On Friday, Government will begin foreign policy. We will also start reviewing test taking strategies.

April 8th through April 3rd

  • On Monday the 8th, Psychology students will finish presentations. On Wednesday, we will review all presentations and they will have a quiz on Friday the 12th on all case studies. For the second half of class on Wednesday, we will begin a lesson/activity on using music for social change.
  • On Tuesday and Thursday, Government students will complete a review sheet for the end of course exam. The second half of class will focus on foreign policy.
  • On Friday, Government students will take a quiz on the amendments.

April 6th through April 10th

  • On Monday and Wednesday, psychology students will be working on a test and their Using Music for Social Change papers. Everything is due by the end of class on Wednesday.
  • On Tuesday, Government students will complete a review for the end of course test and will then continue completing notes and an activity on foreign policy. On Thursday, they will complete another short review for the end of course. They will receive a study guide to complete over spring break and will use the rest of class to complete any work not completed from the last 2 weeks.

April 20th through April 24th

  • On Monday, Psychology students will begin a project on using music for social change. They will research two songs with similar messages. One from the past and one current. Then they create a poster highlighting the songs and their messages. They will have two weeks to complete this assignment. This will be due on May 10th.
  • On Tuesday, Government students will review their end of course study guides with me. We will discuss testing strategies and I will show them the procedures for taking the test.
  • On Thursday, Government students will begin NIMS certification and will also get the directions to their foreign policy project.

April 27th through May 1st

  • Sociology students will continue to work on social justice project. This week is an in-class work week. Project is due on Monday the 13th.
  • Government students will begin NIMS Training and will continue working on their country projects.

May 4th through May 8th

  • Sociology will begin working on their collage projects.
  • Government will continue to work on NIMS and their country projects.

May 11th through May 15th

  • Sociology will finish their collage projects and cosmetology seniors will be at state boards on Wednesday. Picnic on Friday.
  • Government will turn in their country projects on Tuesday and will start the rules of engagement in diplomacy and armed conflict. Then, they will complete an activity on what they would do in a foreign policy conflict.

May 18th through May 22nd

May 25th through May 29th

June 1st and June 2nd

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