Richard Di Giacomo

Biography

Richard Di Giacomo graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Ancient and Medieval history, a B.A. in Social Science and an M.A. in American History. He has been a teacher for over 20 years and has taught in a variety of schools from private and continuation schools to public high schools. He has taught everything from at risk and limited English students to honors and college preparatory classes. The subjects he has taught include U.S. and World History, Government, Economics, Bible and Ethics, History of the Cold War, and Contemporary World History.
He has been a reviewer and contributor to textbooks, and a frequent presenter at social studies conferences on the use of simulations, videos, and computers in education. Rich's love for role-playing and strategy games led him to develop his role-playing simulations. He has also written books on renaissance explorers, California Indians, history movies, humor, and ELL instruction. Teachers enjoy his books because they are written by a teacher for other teachers. Students like the activities contained in them because they are interesting, challenging, fun, and very different from traditional instructional methods.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, fantasy, and historical works.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Attending educational conferences, local history events, and author's fairs.
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Where to find Richard Di Giacomo online


Where to buy in print


Videos

Why did I write Historical Gems of the San Francisco Bay Area?
This is a keynote address at the annual conference of the California Council for the Promotion of History given in Monterey, California on October 4, 2015. In the talk, I explain how and why I wrote Historical Gems of the San Francisco Bay Area to a group of professional historians. You will learn many insights into how I work as a writer and why the book is so useful. When you get to the Amazon author page, click on the picture of me in the bottom right corner where it says "videos".

Books

Tales of Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,430. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Time travel, immortality, alternate history, and more! Fascinating tales from the past, the present, and the future.
The History Teacher's Joke Book
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 6,770. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » History » Study & teaching
This book is a joke book for social studies teachers to help add a little excitement to your classes and help students to have fun with history. It contains corny geography puns and wonderfully bad history jokes. The final chapter contains notable flubs that students have made in class. This book is guaranteed to keep you and your students rolling in the aisles!
Along the Rivers of Faith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,520. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
The struggle of a family through the generations to define and defend their faith through many challenges.
Putting History to Work
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,700. Language: American English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History
Motivate your students to study history and social studies. When faced with an uninteresting part of their lesson, social studies students will sometimes say, ''When am ever I going to use this stuff?'' This book addresses this common lament by providing 50 lesson plans that demonstrate how the skills learned in social studies classes are used in a wide variety of jobs.
Historical Gems of the San Francisco Bay Area
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 120,880. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Museums of the World, Nonfiction » History » Reference
Whether you are a visitor to the San Francisco Bay Area or a long-term resident of the area, it’s not uncommon to focus on the major, well-known attractions and overlook lesser-known sites that offer more local flavor and background. This book lists over 220 historical sites and museums from all eras of California's rich history.
The History Teacher's Movie Guide: Choosing and Using the Right Films for Your Classroom
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,330. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Finding, funding, and using the right films and video equipment can be challenging for history teachers. This book helps you get good films that are free from bias, anachronisms, or objectionable content. There are many great tips on how to use films more effectively in your classroom and interesting assignments to go with them.
Ohlone Teacher's Resource
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Native American, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History
This book contains: * Full color images of Ohlone sites, homes, tools, and historical paintings * Classroom activities * A complete list of places to visit to learn about the Ohlone * An extensive bibliography of Ohlone books, films, websites and CD-ROMs
The New Man and the New World
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,010. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Expeditions & Discoveries, Nonfiction » History » Renaissance
The Emergence of the idea of a new world The collective discoveries of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, John and Sebastian Cabot, and Giovanni da Verrazzano constitute a distinct Italian Era of Discovery which laid the groundwork for all other voyages which followed. The Italian discoverers deserve a place alongside the well-known Humanists in the history of the Renaissance.

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