A compilation of unit plans : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

Thumbnail Image
Hewitt, Gregory H.
McDonald, Charles F.
Issue Date
Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
Other Identifiers

The subject for my senior honors thesis is four two-week unit plans dealing with American wars. There were a number of reasons for which I chose to undertake a creative project for my thesis. The main reason for choosing to do unit plans was because it was the one thing that I felt I needed more work with. I had to write my fair share of lesson plans in the elementary education classes, however, they were all single lesson plans. I did not have to connect the plans with any others. In student teaching, I was required to submit a two-week unit plan, and it was the harder part of the student teaching experience because of my limited knowledge of how to do so.Another reason that I chose to do two-week unit plans is that teachers are expected to be able to create unit plans more frequently than they used to. I understand that when principals are interviewing, they would like to see examples of unit plans. It is important for a future teacher to be able to tie lessons together, and not simply create a bunch of independent lesson plans. Students need to be able to use things that they learned in previous lessons as background knowledge for future lessons.The reason that I chose to do four unit plans based on American wars was because America is currently at war. Students need to be able to realize that America has been at war before, and that they have won before. I chose four wars that America was victorious in because that would give students a sense of pride for their country. With America being at war right now, students need to feel confident in their country. One of the best ways to do that is to show examples of America emerging victorious at war.