I am a retired social studies teacher (grades 5 and 6). I have been looking for material to share with my son-in-law who will be teaching 8th grade history this year. I know how difficult the first year can be so I was searching for lesson plans that might be helpful for him. This site is amazing. If I saw this site 14 years ago, I would be still teaching. Thank you for all the hard work and for allowing teachers to share your wonderful site. This is exactly what education needs in the U.S. right now. Step aside, Betsy, this is how it is done.