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Media Literacy and Health: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
New ReviewInternet suffers could drown in the volume of information available on line. Here's an activity that can be a lifeline and buoy confidence in middle schoolers' ability to find reliable information and credible sources. After reading...
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Lights at Night Webquest

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
New ReviewHelp learners find ways to become more efficient energy consumers. To start, individuals research how different countries address energy efficiency and then analyze their own carbon footprint. They use their research to identify ways to...
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Analyzing Author’s Purpose: Industrial Food Chain

For Teachers 8th Standards
Using an Author’s Purpose anchor chart, groups examine a variety of text to determine the author's purpose. They then apply what they have learned to The Omnivore’s Dilemma. In pairs, they discuss what the text is about and why it was...
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End of Unit Assessment Parts 1 and 2: Evaluating Arguments and Claims

For Teachers 8th Standards
Which came first: the chicken or the egg? As part of the end-of-unit assessment for The Omnivore’s Dilemma, scholars watch a video about organic eggs versus conventional farm eggs. They use graphic organizers to collect evidence as they...
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Evaluating an Argument: The Joy of Hunting

For Teachers 8th Standards
After listening to "Interview with an Organic Farmer," class members identify the claim the farmer makes in his interview. They use lined paper to create a four-square organizer for relevant evidence, sufficient evidence, irrelevant...
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Evaluating an Argument: The Polyface Local Sustainable

For Teachers 8th Standards
Who has the better argument? Class members work in groups of three to compare the arguments shown on the Example of Strong and Flawed Arguments sheet. They then analyze Michael Pollan’s argument on pages 161–166 of The Omnivore’s Dilemma...
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Reading for Gist, Answering Text-Dependent Questions, and Determining Author’s Purpose: Industrial Organic Food Chain

For Teachers 8th Standards
After rereading The Omnivore’s Dilemma using a Reading Closely: Guiding Questions handout, class members use sticky notes to annotate and determine the gist of the text. Finally they use an  Author’s Purpose graphic organizer to...
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Close Reading: Brown v. Board of Education

For Teachers 8th Standards
What's the connection? Scholars complete a close reading of Brown v. Board of Education and identify connections to Carlotta in A Mighty Long Way. Classmates learn new vocabulary, answer text-dependent questions, and complete a...
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Joshua Chamberlain Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
While Joshua Chamberlain's name is not as iconic as Abraham Lincoln or Robert E. Lee, he still played a pivotal role in the military engagements of the Civil War. Using two secondary sources—including one that draws heavily from his...
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Is That Rhetorical?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young speechifiers learn how to identify ethos (ethical), pathos (emotional (pathos), and logos (logical) appeals used by orators to sway their audiences. They then demonstrate what they have learned by identifying these elements in...
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Analyzing the Model Essay: Studying Argument

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars begin the writing process for an argument essay based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They read and analyze a model essay, considering what kind of thinking the author did before writing the essay.
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Top 4 Tips to Spot Bad Science Reporting

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How can people make good decisions about their health when modern news reporting is so unreliable? Using an informative video resource, viewers discover the acronym GLAD. They learn to get past the clickbait, look for crazy claims,...
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Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Fake news is all about the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex versus the orbitofrontal cortex. Huh? Get the facts, the real deal, with a short video that explains clearly and succinctly what's going on in our brains that leads us to listen...
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Fact vs. Fiction in the Media

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can people tell the difference between real news and inaccurate stories? Viewers watch a video about discerning fact from fiction in news sources. Next, pupils use a set of discussion questions to further analyze the topic. 
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Analyzing the Model Essay: Studying Argument (Chapter 27 Plus Synthesis of Scenes in Previous Chapters)

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars partner up to review a model essay and talk through the process leading up to writing their essays. During a second reading of the essay, learners locate and underline the claim given, reasons, and counterclaim. They then...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Analyzing an Author’s Argument and Text Structure

For Teachers 8th Standards
William Shakespeare: a writer, a poet, a fake? For their mid-unit assessments, scholars read an excerpt from the article "The Top Ten Reasons Shakespeare Did Not Write Shakespeare" by Keir Cutler. Next, they analyze the author's argument...
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Analyzing Text Structure: “The Shakespeare Shakedown”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Pupils continue reading and discussing Simon Schama's article "The Shakespeare Shakedown." They work together to analyze the article's paragraph structure, completing a note-catcher worksheet along the way.
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Analyzing the Central Claim and Supporting Claims: “The Shakespeare Shakedown”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars continue to analyze Simon Schama's article "The Shakespeare Shakedown." They participate in a jigsaw discussion to identify the author's argument and supporting claims. Pupils also write objective summaries of the text. 
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Central Idea and Supporting Details: “Equal Rights for Women”

For Teachers 8th Standards
It's my right, not a privilege! Scholars review the details of the claims in the speech "Equal Rights for Women." They meet with one of their discussion appointments from a previous lesson to locate evidence to support Chisholm's claim...
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Analyzing Text Structure & Summarizing Text: “Equal Rights for Women” by Shirley Chisholm

For Teachers 8th Standards
Let me check my schedule! Scholars set up discussion appointments with five classmates to talk about Shirley Chisholm’s speech "Equal Rights for Women." Readers then use their Note Catcher guides to more closely analyze the text of the...
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Analyzing the Content of a Model Essay: “How Ha’s Mother Is Turned ‘Inside Out’”

For Teachers 8th Standards
What are the psychological and emotional effects associated with being a refugee? Scholars consider the question by reading and analyzing an essay, "How Ha's Mother is Turned 'Inside Out.'" Once finished, they engage in a whole-class...
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Myth and Truth: The First Thanksgiving

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Encourage learners to think critically about common myths regarding the Wampanoag Indians in Colonial America. They discover that behind every myth are many possible explanations—and that learning more about American history helps them...
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Contemporary Antisemitism

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Despite the recognized atrocities of the Holocaust, anti-semitism continues. The 11th and final installment of the Teaching the Holocaust series explores the long-term effects of the Holocaust on modern anti-semitism, asking pupils to...
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Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Bystanders

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
After the Holocaust, the world grappled with how to bring justice to the Nazis. But what to do with the thousands—if not millions—who allowed it to happen? Young historians consider the issues of guilt, collaboration, and responsibility...