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Monday, January 22, 2018

US History and Economics Hyperdocs

This summer @Math912Teach afforded me the opportunity to attend a Master Class institute that featured the authors of Dive Into Inquiry (Trevor Mackenzie), The Google Infused Classroom (Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith) and The Hyperdoc Handbook (Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, Sarah Landis).  I heard about hyperdocs previous to this but my understanding of them was weak at best.  I went in excited to learn more and this Master Class did not disappoint!! I left with what I like to call a learning concussion!  I went right back home and started to dive into creating hyperdocs for my US History class based on the inquiries I built last year.

Here is what I have developed so far this year for US History


Justified Anger (Colonial Times)

Declaration of Independence

Constitution (Created by my student teacher, Sean Mullins)

Westward Expansion 

Civil War


Industrial Revolution


Progressive Era





Cold War

Civil Rights Movement

Decades and Presidents (60's - 2010's and Kennedy - Obama)

Here is what I have developed so far this year for Economics

Economics 101


Market Equilibrium

Personal Finance

Things I have learned:
1. For me, it is easier to create the hyperdocs in Google Slides because I can manipulate the images I want to put in there much more easily.  Buncee, Thinglink and Wizer might be platforms that could be useful also.
2. I have found many of the different images I use on Kate Hadfield designs and Teachers Pay Teachers.
3. I am constantly referencing the books I mentioned above so that I don't get into a rut when giving students choice as to how to respond to things.
4. You will notice that if it isn't a Google Doc that is linked there is a link to the Google Doc in the Google Slides.  My students have the choice of typing on the Google Slides or on a preprinted copy.  At this point, I know who usually wants a preprinted copy, so I have them ready for the students.  This saves an immense amount of time and paper.
5. In class, I start off the period talking about the goals for the period (what to accomplish) and then give them roughly 20-25 minutes to accomplish those goals.  If they finish early, they can continue working.  I do have a couple students who need more time to complete the sections of the hyperdoc so they come in during Resource Room, their lunch or study hall to not only stay caught up but also to get ahead.
6. While they are working on reaching the daily goals, I am conferencing one on one with each student.  During this time, I have my tablet so we can look at their answers to the checks for understanding.  Additionally, I am asking them to clarify any of the information they've written down.  Lastly, I ask them if they have gaps in their understanding.  To a student, they are very honest about their gaps.  They learned very quickly that if they get help as they go,  they will be better able to participate in discussions and more successful on the assessment (whatever that may be).
7. I needed to vary the design for my own sanity and so they aren't seeing the same old same each time.
8. When building them, keeping the end in mind is crucial (at least for me).  I have the curriculum map up on one screen while I build them so I can make sure I am covering everything.
9. Varying the types of resources (video clips, readings, websites, documents, etc) has really made a difference for my students, especially when I can give them a choice of two or three for each topic.
10. Having them write each and every inquiry is so important, but they get tired of the long response each time, so that is why I have varied up the writing requirement.
11. Having them design a Breakout was so much fun (and meaningful) for both them and me!

I have come to rely on the hyperdoc community immensely.  Their voice and suggestions have been very meaningful for me. You can find helpful resources/communities on Google +, Facebook Hyperdoc group and on Twitter using #hyperdoc or #hyperdocs.

I will update this blogpost each time I create a new hyperdoc, so bookmark it if you found it useful!

I would love your feedback on anything in this blogpost.  What are your thoughts?  What suggestions do you have?

Thank you!


  1. You are amazing!! Thank you so much!!

  2. I have tried several times to jump into hyperdocs. It seems so overwhelming to track down resources! any suggestions to get started? templates? I teach high school science.

    1. There is a Facebook Hyperdocs group and I know several science teachers have posted on there. I always start with the end in mind. Once I know what I want them to know and be able to demonstrate, I think about how they could demonstrate it and then add in resources. That process doesn't work for everyone but it works for me. There is also a Google + community for science hyperdocs. I would check there. What is your Twitter handle? If I find any I can tag you in them.

  3. Going to try the student designed breakout. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  4. I love your hyperdoc on progressives. so much so I would love to steal it if that is OK. I have heard about hyperdocs before, but haven't spent much time as of yet. definitely inspired by what you created -great job

    1. Thank you! Steal away! That's one of the reasons I share them!

  5. This is Awesome. Are going to upload as you go throughout the rest of the year. We are starting a unit on Imperialism next week and will be using this.

  6. Yes! I am planning to add to it as I go. I'm almost done with the 1920s and will add that very soon!

  7. They are so beautiful, our students are going to love them!

  8. I found this on the US History facebook site. Thank you for sharing. Can I ask what DBQ you do at the end of the 30's unit?

    1. It is from a NYS US History Regents exam. I updated the slides and it is linked on slide 15 of the 1930's hyperdoc.

  9. Once you start 'hyperdoc-ing' it's hard to stop! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Welcome!! I completely agree! I am presenting at a conference on 3/16 and am making all the presentation material into hyperdocs!

  10. This is awesome, Rachel! So much good info shared!

  11. These are great! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Thank you for sharing your amazing resources; I love that teachers are beginning to feel comfortable sharing our work that we've put so much time and energy into. It makes us all better.

  13. This us awesome! My district has blocked Google classroom. We have to use Microsoft Office. Do you know of anyone who has had success with hyperdocs with this?

    1. Have they blocked all of the GSuite or just Google Classroom? I do not use GC, but I do use Schoology to push out the information. If they have blocked all of the GSuite, I do believe that you could basically copy and paste (or do screenshots) of the information and put it into a PPT. You could then hyperlink the resources to the slides from there.