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19 resources with the concept social commentary

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Author Study: Kate Chopin

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Four stories by Kate Chopin offer high schoolers an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the ways authors use various literary elements and movements to develop their themes and social commentaries. 
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How Can Poetry Make People Think and Care?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Can beautiful words change the world? Literary scholars discover how to paint their visions of change using poetry in a series of three workshops. Each independent topic gives participants a chance to examine their feelings about...
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Dear Evan Hansen: A New Musical

For Parents 6th - 12th Standards
A musical about society anxiety, loneliness, suicide, dysfunctional families, and the spread of posts on social media can open up deep conversations in a high school classroom. The 2017 Tony Award Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, takes an...
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Picturing a Story: Photo Essay about a Community, Event or Issue

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Picture this. Class members follow in the footsteps of W. Eugene Smith, Dorothea Lange, James Nachtwey, and Lewis Hine by creating their own photo essay about a local event or issue.
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Story of an Hour

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Kate Chopin's oft anthologized "Story of an Hour" offers readers an opportunity to practice close reading skills and to use specific evidence from a text to support an analysis. The story also opens the discussion of a writer's use of...
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What Makes the Writer Write

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Your 11th and 12th graders are ready to critique society! Channel that inclination by studying a novel that offers social criticism of other eras (book recommendations included). This resource presents a well-thought-out overview of such...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Social Commentary

For Students 9th - 12th
Expose your class to the genre of political cartoons less concerned with serious political issues. This political cartoon analysis handout features social commentary on the many entertainments of youth, ironically paired with their...
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Fahrenheit 451: Biography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"It just takes a spark." The sparks that gave rise to Fahrenheit 451 are detailed in an audio biography of Ray Bradbury. After listening to Part I of the engaging narration, class groups read background essays and prepare presentations...
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Poetry as Social Commentary

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students read poems with social commentaries. In this poetry analysis lesson, students read poems selected by their instructors and complete the provided social commentary chart to determine how the poems speak out against social issues.
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Performance Poetry as Social Commentary

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore poetry that examines social concerns. For this poetry lesson, students research poems and poets. Students present their findings to their classmates.
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Borrowed Inspiration: Writing Social Commentary

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students read poems with social themes. In this poetry analysis lesson, students read poems selected by their instructors and complete the provided social commentary chart to determine how the poems speak out against social ills....
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Mightier than the Sword

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars complete a variety of activities as they use the Washington Post Newspaper in the study of editorial cartoons, cartoonists, social commentary and freedom of speech.
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Collage of Concerns

For Teachers K - 2nd
New ReviewA picture can speak louder than words. An interesting lesson introduces the themes of social justice and diversity to young learners by having them create artwork. Scholars create collages from a variety of sources to showcase what...
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Why Is Aristophanes Called "The Father of Comedy"?

For Students Higher Ed
Set your class racing to find copies of Aristophanes’s plays with an engaging introduction. A well-designed video helps college-level viewers who are gaining an understanding of ancient Greek history learn that the social commentary in...
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Explosion of Bits; Games and Violence

For Students 8th - 12th
What are your thoughts on technology? The last lab of a five-part unit has future computer scientists considering the social implications of technological advances and taking stances on several different issues regarding technology. They...
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Art as Social Commentary

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars view artworks that make a statement about social conditions. They discuss the artworks, write about them and present their ideas to the class. They create socially conscious art pieces of their own.
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Understanding Social Commentary

For Teachers 6th - 12th
By learning how to identify and understand social commentary students can flex their critical thinking skills.
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Equilibrium Unbalanced

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students interpret visual arts. In this political and social commentary lesson, students examine artwork by the Gao brothers and then interview one another about their impressions of the sculpture.
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Pinckney Benedict's "The Sutton Pie Safe" from Town Smokes

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students read Pinckney Benedict's "The Sutton Pie Safe" to learn about family symbols and social commentary. In this close reading lesson, students read four journal prompts for the story and answer the listed questions for each section.