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Effective End of the Year Review

At the end of the year, there is so much content to review, but so little time.  Finding effective methods for reviewing a full course can be a great challenge.  This is why I created the resources I needed to help my students review for AP exams, end of year testing, and state assessments without the stress and anxiety that often comes with preparing reviews.

Effective end of the year review ideas for the secondary social studies classroom

Two Easy Tools for Effective Review
First and foremost, I love using games for review.  However, before games can take place, the students must have a firm grasp of the content.  To get that level of content understanding, I use two simple tools:
  1. My SPRITE Graphic Organizer - this organizer helps students categorize the social, political, religious, intellectual, technological, and economic aspects of each decade or topic in history.  More importantly, they allow students to evaluate the Big Picture and the Significance in History, setting up an outline of history for students to reference in their studies.
    Effective end of the year review ideas for the secondary social studies classroom
  2. A Blank Map - maps can help students to connect the content in a visual manner and to see the connections they need to evaluate events throughout history.  Encourage students to bullet information on maps or to draw illustrations to help add to the visual representation of the event or topic.
    Effective end of the year review ideas for the secondary social studies classroom
Using the two tools together can help your students create a 2-page overview of each unit of study, condensing their course content into an easy to navigate study tool.

Enlarge the organizer and map to wall size or board size, and you have an incredible discussion tool for whole class review and student assessment.

And remember, the end of the year is coming quickly!  You're almost there!

Effective end of the year or anytime content review ideas for the secondary social studies classroom. Teaching with these tools will make retention much easier for middle or high school students. Click to see the easy tools! #teaching

Happy Teaching!