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Dealing with Dilemmas: Upstanders, Bystanders and Whistle-Blowers

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
There are upstanders, bystanders, and whistle-blowers when it comes to dealing with dilemmas. The four lessons in this unit module ask young scholars to think about injustice and how to resolve difficult situations. Learners research...
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Teaching 'The New Jim Crow'

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow is the anchor text in a 10-lesson unit that looks at some of the issues of race and justice in American society and how issues have changed over time. High schoolers look at the history of race and...
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Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword"

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A three-lesson unit looks at the United States Civil War. In the first lesson, high schoolers analyze primary source materials to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and Confederate armies at the beginning of the war. The...
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Mysteries of the Periodic Table

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Matter matters. A series of five videos explores the mysteries of the Periodic Table. Viewers learn about the properties of atoms and subatomic particles and how they relate to the arrangement of the Periodic Table. Another video...
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Freedom Is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young historians examine song lyrics and slave narratives to uncover the realities of life for enslaved people. The six-lesson unit looks at the way enslaved people used music to provide hope, as well as to fight against oppression....
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Into the Atom

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A series of four videos explores the atom. Viewers learn about how Madam Curie discovered the elements Plutonium and Radium, the history of the science that led to the discovery of the parts of the atom, and the process scientists used...
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Cost Effective Solar Cells

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Let the sunshine in! Fourteen lessons comprise a unit study of solar energy, its advantages and disadvantages, and advancements in solar energy technology. Class members learn about principles of energy conversion, research how to make...
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Solar vs. Wind Energy

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Power up! A series of six lessons introduce middle schoolers to the different types of energy. PowerPoints, activities, and hands-on experiments teach young electrical engineers the difference between energy and power, as well as the...
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The Reconstruction Era and The Fragility of Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Seven lessons examine the Reconstruction Era that followed the United States Civil War. The series of detailed lessons provide background information on the era, teaching strategies, videos, and primary source materials.
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Investigative and Data Journalism

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Facts can be hard to find, especially when investigating key issues facing local communities and governmental agencies. Two lessons teach high school journalists how to collect, verify, and display data in an investigative article about...
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Black Americans in Congress

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Seven lessons make up a unit on African-Americans who served in the United States Congress from 1870 to 2007. Young historians read contextual essays, engage in activities, examine primary source images, and artifacts to gain an...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 3a: Japanese-American Relations during World War II

For Teachers 8th Standards
Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption serves as the central text of a three-unit module that examines Japanese-American relations during World war II. In Unit 1, middle schoolers build...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 2: Being Made Invisible: Imprisoned and Interned

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the second unit of Module 3A, eighth-graders continue their study of forced invisibility by reading a case study of the American soldier, Louie Zamperini, imprisoned by the Japanese and Mine Okubo, a Japanese-American interned in the...
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Direct and Inverse Variation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The idea of direct variation sounds too formal to be easy. Actually, it's a simple idea with a simple formula. The constant of proportionality is another fancy name for a simple multiplication factor. This collection has several videos,...
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Water is Life: The Earth’s Hydrosphere and Its Impact on Living Systems

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The three units in the “Water is Life: The Earth’s Hydrosphere and Its Impact on Living Systems” are designed to teach middle schoolers about the role water plays in all life. Unit 1 builds background knowledge. In Unit 2, scholars...
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Think Like a Coder

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Challenge young programmers to save the world! An engaging  10-episode video series of programming puzzles provides tweens and teens with an opportunity to practice their coding skills, foster problem-solving abilities, and develop a...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 2: Being Made Invisible: Imprisoned and Interned

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the second unit of Module 3A eighth-graders continue their study of forced invisibility by reading a case study of American soldier Louie Zamperini imprisoned by the Japanese and of Mine Okubo, a Japanese-American interned in the US...
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EngageNY Algebra I Curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Algebra 1 curriculum set is designed to help scholars develop fluency in writing, interpreting, and solving linear equations, The 30 lessons in Module 1 are divided into four topics: An Introduction to Functions, the Structure of...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2b: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Comedy of Control

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the anchor text in a three-unit module that has eighth graders examine how Shakespeare develops the theme of control. Young scholars look at why and how the characters seek control and the results of...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 4: Sustainability of the US Food Supply Chain

For Teachers 8th Standards
Where does our food come from? Eighth graders research food chains and the consequences for stakeholders affected by those food chains. Using Michael Pollan’s, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, as a core text, the three units in this module teach...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 3b: The Civil Rights Movement and The Little Rock Nine

For Teachers 8th Standards
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States takes center stage in a three-unit module that focuses particularly on The Little Rock Nine. Carlotta Walls LaNier’s, A Mighty Long Way, and Shelley Tougas’ photo essay, Little Rock Girl...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2a: Working With Evidence: Taking a Stand

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the three units in Grade 8, ELA Module 2A, eighth-graders continue their study of the theme of taking a stand. In Unit 1, scholars develop their close reading skills as they examine speeches of real people taking a stand. They...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 1: Finding Home: Refugees

For Teachers 8th Standards
Eighth-graders develop their ability to read and understand a complex text as they consider the plight of refugees. The first unit uses Thanhha Lai’s novel, Inside Out & Back Again, as well as informational text, to build background...
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Mathematics Vision Project: Interactive Applets

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ready, set, go! The Mathematics Vision Project provides a collection of 10 Interactive Applets that follow the progression of learning—to practice, develop, and solidify understanding. The interactives use engaging materials that include...