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Writing an Argument: Persuasive Speeches to Students

For Students 8th Standards
Powerful orators make their messages compelling with a combination of factors. Learn how to be an inspirational speaker with a reading assessment activity that presents a list of persuasive speaking techniques, as well as two speeches...
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Documentary Film Screening

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Watching documentaries is a good way to become well-informed about important issues. Middle and high schoolers organize a screening of a chosen documentary that describes current crises around the world, including homelessness, hunger,...
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Build Your Dream Science Lab

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Would your ideal science lab be filled with bubbling beakers and zapping Tesla coils? Or would it contain state-of-the-art computer technology and data analysis? Dream big with an innovative lesson that connects math and language arts...
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Analyzing Stop and Frisk Through Personal Stories and Infographics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How much can you learn about an important topic from a single image? High schoolers analyze an infographic that represents the number of stops performed during the Stop and Frisk police procedure. After building background information...
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Presidential Candidate Research

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Don't let the young citizens in your social studies class get all their election information from inflammatory commercials and arguing pundits. Use a lesson plan from C-SPAN to guide class members through an election season with a...
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Civil War Medicine: Fact or Fiction

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Young historians compare the presentation of medical care during the Civil War in passages from fictional and nonfictional texts. They examine passages from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen, and...
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Constructing Text-Based Arguments About Social Issues

For Teachers 8th Standards
Eighth graders take a stand on a variety of controversial topics with a lesson on argumentative writing. As they view an informative presentation and work with collaborative groups, they decide which side of each argument they want to...
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Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “E pluribus Unum”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Out of many, one. Guide eighth graders through a historical exploration of American immigration policy with a research unit. Individuals craft their arguments to develop a position before organizing and presenting their evidence-based...
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Uncle Tom's Cabin

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Through a careful reading and examination of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, scholars take part in grand conversations about the novel's contents, slavery, and the impact the book had on it. Furthermore, learners analyze an...
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Propaganda War: Patriots vs. Loyalist

For Teachers 8th Standards
Revolutions only succeed if the leaders can get the people on board. Study the ways that both Patriots and Loyalists tried to convince fellow colonists to join their causes with a lesson about propaganda during the American Revolution....
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Big6 Research Project

For Teachers 8th Standards
Do research projects at your school look like a class of eighth graders staring at a blank screen? Use the Big 6 research method to guide middle schoolers through the process of finding a topic, searching for and evaluating sources,...
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Quotation Station: Using Quotes in the Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
An informative list compiled with quotes, authors, and discussion questions, along with 20 out-of-the-box application ideas, make up the collection of lessons geared to spark dialogue and creative thinking about quotations. 
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Fracking: Positive or Negative Impact?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Your teenagers may have heard of fracking, but do they really know what it is? And could they debate the benefits and risks? Educate your environmental science class with a lesson about hydraulic fracturing, non-renewable energy sources,...
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Creating a Museum Exhibition

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Museums arrange artifacts to communicate meaning to viewers. As part of a study of the events of 9/11 groups select artifacts and create a museum exhibit organized around the themes of the day of the attack, tributes and memorials, or...
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Airport Security vs. Civil Liberties

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Body scanners and pat-downs are the realities of post 9/11 travel. But do these procedures represent a violation of our rights? Class members consider their own rights as they examine a political cartoon, a CBS news video about airport...
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Days of Infamy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
As part of a study of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the attack on the World Trade Center, class members reflect on how events can change the course of lives. Individuals then create a presentation that features a historical image, the...
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Understanding Informational Text Features

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Everything you need to know about informational text features can be found in this resource. Recognizing these types of text features and how they are used in text allows readers to better understand information. Teachers can use this as...
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Fact vs. Opinion

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
Many informational texts are written as factual, but can your learners determine when an opinion is presented as fact? Have your kids read several articles on the same topic and record the statements that contain either facts or...
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8th Grade ELA "I Can" Statement Posters

For Teachers 8th Standards
Eighth grades can master the ELA Common Core standards! Show your learners the connection between classroom activities and assignments and the standards with this set of "I Can" statement posters. Each standard has been rewritten as an...
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8th Grade ELA Common Core Checklists

For Teachers 8th Standards
How close are your eighth graders to mastering the ELA Common Core standards? Keep an eye on progress with these charts, which include every eighth grade identifier and full standard text. As you move through the year and teach, reteach,...
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Evaluating Text: Helen Keller's "My Life"

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Readers are asked to evaluate Helen Keller's claim, and the evidence she uses to support her argument, that it is more difficult for hearing impaired children to learn to talk with others.
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Determining Fact, Opinion, and Bias

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Writing is never biased, right? Let your learners be the judge of that by teaching them how to identify fact, opinion, and bias in writing. Pupils mark up several example paragraphs and articles and consider the reliability of all texts.
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Constitution Day

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Travel back to 1787 as young scholars investigate the creation of the US Constitution. After first working in small groups to create sets of classroom rules, students go on to read a summary of the Constitution and watch a short video...
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Now That's Beautiful!

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Your class experiences dozens of messages about beauty every day by reading magazines, watching movies, and listening to the radio. Have them analyze society's view of beauty in groups after discussing several resources, including Dove's...