This website will serve to illustrate the Integrated thematic unit between English and History with the focus on War and its affects on society. This is a Collaboration between Mr. Plantz (History), Mr. Collins (English) and Mr. Gongwer (History). The goal of this unit is to integrate English and History with the theme by utilizing the skills learned in both core subject classes. We will integrate more than just English and History we will look to integrate Art, Social Justice, Service Learning, Technology and Cooperative Learning to increase the effectiveness of the lesson. Students will be able to see the transition of skills learned in the classroom to real world applications and higher education settings.
Graham Plantz is a social science teacher candidate at California State University, San Marcos. He earned a degree in history from Chico State where he graduated in 2012. Last year he worked at the maritime museum of San Diego as a living history instructor aboard the Star of India. During his undergraduate career he participated and worked for a volunteer organization named Communitiy Action Volunteers in Education or CAVE where he worked for ogranization such as classroom aide and noon and after school time activities completeing over 900 hours of community service. He is currently teaching at Mission Vista High School in Oceanside as a U?S. History teacher, he also taught at Escondido High school last semester as a senior economics teacher. Graham is currently seeking job opportunities in north county San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisoco, San Jose and Sonoma county.
Rob Collins: Rob is earning his Single Subject Credential in English and has completed his student teaching at San Pasqual High School and San Dieguito Academy. Rob graduated from Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Communication and minoring in Business Administration. Rob is actively seeking employment in the San Diego area, and looks forward to adding value at a school site this Fall.
Thomas Gongwer has recently moved to Oceanside, CA and enrolled in the Teacher Credentialing program, as a social studies candidate, at California State University San Marcos. This website will serve as a portal into the Integrated Thematic Unit, providing examples of classroom work, projects, and lesson plans that he and his colleagues have been constructing and teaching.