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EngageNY Grade 11 ELA Module 1, Unit 1

For Teachers 11th Standards
Analysis of complex texts requires close reading. The six lessons in the first unit of Module 1 teach readers how to annotate text, as well as how to conduct evidence-based discussions, and produce evidence-based writing, the skills they...
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Project-based Learning: A Dynamic Approach to Classroom Learning

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Project-based learning. What is it? What are the benefits? The pitfalls? What preparation is necessary? Skills? Tools? This collection of articles, apps, worksheets, lesson/units plans, and project suggestions will get you started on the...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA: Module 2A, Unit 2 - Analyzing Structure and Communicating Theme in Literature

For Teachers 6th Standards
Accompany your classroom's reading of Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis with a 17-lesson unit designed to spark critical thinking, dialogue, and stretch writing muscles. The EngageNY collection goes beyond pupils' reading...
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Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2016

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What better way to develop an awareness of the power of presidential campaigns ads than by analyzing them? The resources in this collection ask class members to develop criteria for evaluating effective ads, and to examine the claims,...
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Words by Heart: Question Answer Relationship

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Even though readers investigate matters of the heart, this activity promotes the inner workings of learners' brains. The fifth lesson of six has the teacher first model the strategy to the class before having small groups practice. To...
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Crack the Case: History's Toughest Mysteries

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Young sleuths don their trench coats, tip their fedoras, and grab their notepads to investigate one of four famous unsolved mysteries. After examining multiple primary and secondary sources related to their cold case, they propose a...
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Learning with Nature

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Think outside the box - and think about education beyond the classroom walls - with a resource that has your critical thinkers watching a video about a nursery in Scotland that lets youngsters roam wild in a forest. Viewers reflect on...
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Egypt

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
This six-week unit encompasses all subjects with a focus study on world history and the development of ancient civilizations. As gifted and talented students dive into the interesting yet challenging topic of Egypt, they think critically...
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Getting the Most out of Teaching with Newspapers

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
No matter what subject you're teaching, you'll find some fun and innovative ideas for using newspapers in your classroom with a helpful resource. Based on Getting the Most Out of Teaching with Newspapers by Rebecca Olien, the series of...
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Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
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Journalism

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Whether you are teaching a newspaper unit in language arts, covering the First Amendment and censorship in social studies, or focusing on writing ethics in journalism, a unit based on the foundations of journalism would be an excellent...
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The Fisherman and His Wife

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Engage conversation and explore the journey as you challenge young readers to interpret the german folktale, "The Fisherman and His Wife" written by literary brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
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Youth Emergency Preparedness

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What is an emergency, why is preparing for one important, and how can your pupils help others prepare for an emergency? Answer these questions and more with a short unit. Learners will participate in a variety of collaborative,...
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A Human Number Line: Teacher Notes

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Twenty-one pieces of tagboard can lead your class to a greater understanding of integers when you use them to form a human number line. After creating this math tool, two strategies for adding and subtracting will have your...
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How Do We Know About People From The Past?

For Teachers 7th - 8th
It's not enough to see or just read a primary source document; one has to analyze them fully to understand their historical implications. First learners are introduced to what primary and secondary sources are, then they read a bit of...
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Apartheid: A Journey of Inequality

For Teachers 9th - 12th
When a resource like this comes along, I want everyone to see it. Actively engage your learners with a lesson on apartheid. They'll analyze 10 photos, complete two journal entries, and read six slides of text separated into dated chunks....
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Lesson: More Than Meets the Eye

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Older learners analyze a controversial painting entitled The Cutting Scene, Mandan O-kee-pa Ceremony 1832. They use the issues raised in the image to construct debate arguments questioning if the artist's painting exploits Native...
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Lesson: Paul Chan: 1st Light and 5th Light

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Paul Chan's latest exhibit includes seven manifestations of light. Today, kids analyze the pieces 1st Light  and 5th Light. They consider the concept of opposed or dualistic realities found in literature, society, and Chan's work. They...
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Lesson: Paint Inspiring Words

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The painting Three Young Girls circa 1620, was believed to be painted after the death of the subjects' mother. Art enthusiasts analyze the image details to determine if they come to the same conclusion. They then use the sensory details...
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Cityscapes

For Teachers K - 12th
A perfect resource for an art teacher of any grade. First, click on the resource's second tab, entitled "Activities," to find four unique grade-specific lesson all based on the theme of cityscapes.  Each activity utilizes the included...
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Lesson: Snake Handling

For Teachers K - 5th
Are the studies of art and archeology connected? You bet they are! Young scholars research the ancient temples of Mexico by visiting an archaeology site. They describe the various temples they see, taking note of shapes, stairs, details,...
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Theft

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The story Theft is about a stolen purse, compassion, and two misunderstood individuals. Young authors critically read the story to understand the events, details, and techniques used by the author to convey the narrators point of view....
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Lesson: Tomma Abts: Abstract Painting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
One must first learn how to analyze art before they can properly respond to it. Here, young analysts examine six abstract pieces in a systematic and formal way. They then respond to one of the pieces in either a poem or an essay. An...
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Lesson: Reflecting Social Status

For Teachers 6th - 12th
More space, in this case, means more status. Kids consider the status assigned to Tlingits via house partition. They discuss a carved piece that shows household space partitioned by status. They then write their own clan stories and draw...
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Lesson: Proposal for a School Sculpture

For Teachers 1st - 6th
After discussing the artistic elements and design process needed to construct the modern sculpture, Lao Tzu, kids get logical. They consider the purposeful use of space in the sculpture, design a modern piece for a specific space at...
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Lesson: Creativity on Parade

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Parades, ceremonies, and rituals are common to most traditional cultures. Kids analyze a carved piece entitled, Death Cart to understand the significance of these events. They then create floats, carts, and costumes for a class parade...
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Lesson: Differing World Views: Human and Animals

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Kids challenge their understanding of the world around them and consider the impact man has on the environment and animal life. They examine a Tlingit piece, read two Tlingit stories about man and animals, then participate in a research...
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Lesson: Before You Go...Travel Recommendations from the Experts!

For Teachers K - 5th
Here is a lesson plan that sounds like a lot of fun. Kids discuss the artistic elements and motives for the painting, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. To get the scope and scale of this oversized masterpiece, they use butcher paper and...
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Lesson: A Garden Party of My Own

For Teachers K - 5th
Kids look at a beautiful work of art to practice grammar, make connections from life to art, and sketching. They identify all the parts of grammar they see in the image, discuss what they see and do on a picnic, and then draw an imaged...
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Lesson Plan: Before and After a Moment in Time

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Think about a moment, frozen in time. Now take a critical look at the painting, Better, Homes, Better Gardens. This painting works to provide learners the opportunity to analyze art, critique artist's choices, and write a story inspired...
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Lesson: Animal Journeys

For Teachers K - 5th
Here is a great way to get the brain going. Children look at an image of the sculpture, Jar and then imagine what an animal would look like as it moved inside the sculpture. They then use clay and cookie cutters to create a...
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Lesson: Emphasis on Exaggeration

For Teachers K - 5th
His ears, head, and designs are all an exaggerated form of art. Learners examine a South American sculpture in terms of how exaggeration was used to convey meaning. They then work through the design process as they create similarly...
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Lesson: Impressions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here, Autumn Poplars is the painting upper graders will analyze. They look at techniques, time period, and the use of impressionism to convey a natural theme. They go outside to make observations of nature and use what they see to write...
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Lesson: A Fitting Situation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In the Enemy's Country is a painting that depicts several Native Americans dressed and ready for war. Youngsters analyze the artistic and storytelling elements the artist used to convey his idea. They then write a creative piece from the...
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Century of Progress: Homework Packet

For Students 9th - 12th
An entire packet of reading passages, critical thinking questions, graphic organizers, and web links is here for the taking. Here is a 12 page activity focused on document analysis, reading comprehension, and critical thinking, related...
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What's the Big Idea? Current Events

For Students 6th - 8th
Provide the class with a helpful way to analyze print media describing current events. They read an article from a reliable news or media source and then use the attached instructional activity to capture vital information. A great...
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Lesson Plan: Humans and the Land

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Art acts as inspiration for a conversation about human impact on the environment and creative writing. The class examines three pieces, looking for evidence of human impact on the landscape. They then write a first-person narrative, from...
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Lesson: Unmonumental: War, Politics, and Protest

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Get those upper graders thinking about the world, social conflict, and art as a catalyst for change. They'll uncover the meanings behind four abstract works, intended to spread awareness of the need for social change. Kids are then asked...
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Lesson: Communication, What's Valued, and the Written Word

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders compare their cell phones to a lacquer box from the Japanese Edo Period. They consider how each is a form of communication and how the very nature of each object communicates social norms, ideology, and beliefs. A really...
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Lesson Plan: The Tour Starts at Noon

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The Eleven-Headed Bodhisattva is a piece that represents characteristics, meanings, and ideals common to those who practice Buddhism in Japan. Learners fully analyze this piece, then take a virtual trip to examine the Buddhist temples...
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The Importance of Initiation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The four-faced Hamat'sa mask is the inspiration for a lesson plan on ceremonial art and the process of initiation. The class examines images of the piece, then discusses how the mask represents ceremonial initiation. They get imaginative...
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Lesson Plan: Patience & Skill: The Craft of Carving

For Teachers K - 5th
Highly ornate or complex art can only be mastered with patience and skill. Learners explore the skills required to carve complex geometric designs seen on the image of a palace facade. They examine the image, discuss carving techniques,...
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Lesson Plan: So Much to See, So Little Time

For Teachers K - 5th
How do humans and animals impact the environment? What is land division? Youngsters tape off a 12x12 inch square in an outdoor natural space. They sketch everything they see, then compare their drawings as a class. They will then be...
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Lesson: Emory Douglas: Here and Now: Looking at Contemporary Struggle

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After looking into the life, art, and social contributions of artist Emory Douglas, learners analyze several social art pieces. They use Emory Douglas as an example of social art, then consider 10 other pieces. They write a paper...
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Lesson Plan: A Miniature Game

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Art inspires art, as children work to understand artistic forms that come from the imagination. They analyze the installation piece, Fox Games and then discuss the design process. They then use clay to create imaginative dioramas,...
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Lesson: Mixing Metaphors across Current Events and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Expression, current events, and art can go hand-in-hand. After analyzing a multi-media piece entitled, Trade Canoe for Don Quixote, the class explores their own expressive process. They create collages that show a current event or issue...
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Lesson: Elizabeth Peyton: Pictures of Rock Stars: The Imagined

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Youth, fame, and beauty are marks of modern society. Artist Elizabeth Peyton has captured all three in her series of imagined rock star portraits. The class analyzes her use of technique, emotion, and imagination in each of six pieces,...
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Lesson Plan: Letting Go

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Why would an artist destroy his own work? Kids examine the Malagan practice of creating and then destroying art. They talk about the cultural and spiritual significance of this practice, as well as how it relates to consumerism in...
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Lesson Plan: Breaking the Rules

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Breaking the rules isn't always a bad thing, sometimes it pushes the boundaries of the imagination. Young art enthusiasts examine the Kevin Red Star piece, Knows Her Medicine Crow Indian. They analyze how the artist broke rules during...
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Lesson Plan: Blending Observation and Imagination

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Upper graders analyze the work, Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Maria van Oosterwyck. They consider the value of her paintings and how they are still relevent and sought after, 350 years after they were created. The blending of...
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Lesson Plan: Newsflash!

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Fox Games is an Installation piece that allows observers to walk through a clay environment. Kids analyze the piece, considering storytelling and perspectives of light. They imagine how different the piece would look at various times of...
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Lesson Plan: Making History to Go

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners use their higher-order thinking skills to understand how visual images have been used to tell stories. They analyze a Lakota tipi that tells a story through paint and artistry. They then make miniature tipis using butcher paper...
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Lesson Plan: Finding Treasures Within

For Teachers K - 5th
Sherlock Holmes had fantastic skills of observation. Your super sleuths will examine the pattern, rhythm, texture, and color of a painting to uncover the symbolism beneath. A great lesson, that incorporates observation, art analysis,...
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Lesson: Paul Chan: Alternumeric Fonts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learning to analyze language, symbols, and codes is part of becoming a deep and critical thinker. Young analysts consider their ability to see hidden messages as they analyze the work of Paul Chan. There are two fully developed...
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Lesson Plan: Finding Your Path

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Our art often reflects who we are as individuals and as part of a larger community. The painting Hopi Eagle Dancer reflects the history and culture of the artists who created it. Critical thinkers analyze the piece and then compose a...
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Lesson Plan: Communicating With Body Language

For Teachers K - 5th
The Olmec were an ancient people native to Mexico who lived from 1000-500 BC. Young artists examine the Olmec piece Seated Figure to analyze the use of body language to communicate a tone or feeling. They then use clay or play-dough to...
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Lesson Plan: Becoming an Animal

For Teachers K - 5th
The Kwakwaka'wakw are indigenous people from Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The class analyzes a Kwakwak'wakw ceremonial mask, how it was used, and its cultural significance. They then create animal masks representing their...
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Lesson: Younger Than Jesus: Is a Young Generation's Multimedia Work Art?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How has art changed? Are young people artists? What is art? These questions are up for discussion as critical thinkers examine several works of art expressed through multimedia. There are five different sessions outlined, complete with...
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Lesson Plan: A Bird's Tale

For Teachers K - 5th
Who wouldn't love to get a letter from a blue bird? Elementary art enthusiasts analyze the social and historical context of Ason Yellowhair's Navajo piece, Bird and Cornstalk Rug. They examine the construction and images on the rug...
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Film Festival: Documentaries for Hispanic Heritage Month

For Students 9th - 12th
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York Times provides links to five short documentary films depicting Hispanic themes and culture. Learners can click on each embedded link to view the films, then answer each set of related...
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Lesson: Mathias Poledna: Crystal Palace

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Film analysis takes critical thinking, connections, and context. Upper graders look at the film installation, Crystal Palace in terms of the film makers choices, presentation, and perspective of truth. After an analytical discussion of...
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The Tell-Tale Hearts of Writers

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Knock, knock, knock...Creep out your class with a critical thinking lesson focused on word relationships in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." They investigate  the relationship between word choice, mood, and interpretation of a...
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Shakespearean Comedy on Film

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close...
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Wired with Alexander Calder

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Kids consider how the body functions and moves, how each structure has a specific movement and purpose. They apply that idea as they construct a sculptural piece that moves. For inspiration they look to the work of Alexander Calder,...
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Finding out about Gallery 33

For Students 8th - 12th
While these worksheets are specific for use while visiting the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, they could be used to guide nearly any museum trip. Questions focus on human activity, symbolism, culture, religion, and society as they...
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The Achievements and Challenges of Zimbabwe

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is an excellent set of five short lessons and activities intended to help learners not only gain an understand of current issues in Africa, but build critical thinking, synthesis, analysis, expository writing, research, and...
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Holt Earth Science 3 Climate Skills Worksheet

For Students 7th - 9th
Get your scientists thinking critically about climate with this challenging worksheet, which has learners complete 10 analogies using climate terms. They also read a paragraph about monsoons in India and answer interpretation questions....
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Critical Thinking With Fables New and Old

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Explore the fables of today along with Aesop's ancient fables. Learners will understand the structure of a fable, critically think about the fable's message, and create a lesson that they would like to teach through a fable. Suggested...
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Understanding the Bush Tax Cut Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The class examines the new tax cut plan proposed by President Bush. They practice calculating income tax rates and interpreting the data. Then they research topics that are of interest to them related to taxes.
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Headlining the Main Idea

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewA instructional activity instills the importance of a catchy and informative headline to grab readers' attention. Scholars delve into a series of news articles to identify their main idea and key facts. Using what they've found, pupils...
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Exploring Primary Sources: Music in New Orleans

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Looking for a new and exciting way to teach young historians the art of primary source analysis? Jazz up your lesson with a resource that asks class members to analyze photos, travel documents, and letters written by some of New Orleans'...
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How to Learn Like a Pro!

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
What's the best way to ace an exam or pass a difficult class? Scholars find out using an information-packed eBook. Pupils read about learning styles, study skills, test-taking strategies, and other topics associated with maximizing...
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Be a C.R.I.T.I.C

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is it possible to teach someone to think? Find out using a thought-provoking resource! Scholars learn specific steps to employ to make them better critical thinkers. They analyze materials from stakeholders by carrying out a...
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The Search for Critical Questions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A puzzle isn't about the individual pieces, but how they work together. Scholars assemble a puzzle and discover missing pieces. They write a description of what they expect these pieces to look like, including as many details as...
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Discussion Guide for Heart of Darkness

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Reading and discussing Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is not for the faint of heart. The dark, ambiguous, and complex novel is one of the most frequently cited books on the AP Literature exam. The questions in this guide ask readers...
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Discussion Guide for 1984

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, can seem strangely prophetic when compared to modern news events and politics. Readers of Orwell's dystopian classic sharpen their critical thinking skills by engaging in a shared...
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Decoding Propaganda: J’Accuse…! vs. J’Accuse…!

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Reading snail mail is a great way to go back into history and to understand others' points of view. The resource, the second in a five-part unit, covers the Dreyfus Affair. Scholars, working in two different groups, read one letter and...
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Media and the Mind: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Media really messes with your head! Psychological scholars explore the tricks our brains sometimes play when presented with new information during a video in a Crash Course series discussing media literacy. Topics include false memory,...
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The Crow and the Pitcher

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Critical thinking can save lives! After listening to an audio retelling of Aesop's The Crow and the Pitcher, , learners build a mobile to storyboard the events from the plot.
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Belling the Cat

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
It's easy to come up with ideas, but much harder to implement them! Learners read along to an audio recording of Aesop's "Belling the Cat" before coming up with a plan that will keep the fable's mice safe while placing a bell on a cat.
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Becoming a Peacebuilder

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Be the change you wish to see in the world!" The 15th and final lesson in a peacebuilding series uses this quote from Gandhi to prepare pupils for their own action projects. Individuals research a global issue, then brainstorm a method...
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Argument

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What elements make up a successful argument? A helpful resource describes aspects of an argument such as the claim, evidence, counterargument, and audience. Perfect as an individual assignment for a flipped lesson or collaborative work,...
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High Five: Media Literacy and Newspapers

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Teach the five different types of media with the first of three in a media literacy unit. Learners create and propose a final newspaper project, which must address information covered throughout the unit. 
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Touching Spirit Bear: Question Answer Response Strategy

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What types of questions help readers learn the most? Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders learn how to ask four types of questions from the Question Answer Response (QAR) reading strategy to help grow their comprehension of Touching Spirit...
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The Westing Game: Anticipation Guide

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Are all criminals bad people? Pupils answer this and other compelling questions in an anticipation guide for The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Designed for learners to complete before reading the text, the...
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The Twits - The Twits Get the Shrinks

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Turn readers into investigative journalists. The 11th and final lesson that accompanies The Twits by Roald Dahl asks the question "What happened to Mr. and Mrs. Twit?" The lesson uses mind maps and group discussion to help answer the...
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The Twits - Muggle-Wump Has an Idea

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
If a bar of chocolate was on the floor, would you try to pick it up? What if it was covered with glue? The eighth lesson in an 11-part unit designed to accompany The Twits by Roald Dahl has scholars imagine crazy scenarios. The lesson...
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Zach’s Lie: Multi-Genre Writing Assignment

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How do people solve problems in healthy ways? Writers explore a topic of interest in their multi-genre writing assignment exploring Zach's Lie. The final resource in a series of seven includes multiple scaffolds and organizers for...
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Zach’s Lie: Questioning Strategy – Cubing

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Your class won't be a bunch of squares from using this well-rounded activity! Instead, they'll be expressing thoughtful questions using the cubing strategy. The class brainstorms questions of increasing rigor about Zach's Lie in the...
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Where the Red Fern Grows: Question Answer Response Strategy

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
What makes a good question? Middle schoolers explore the use of questioning through QAR, the question answer response strategy, while reading Where the Red Fern Grows. They learn about the four types of questions: right there, think and...
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Think it Through

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What does the media tell the teenagers about using marijuana? Help class members decipher what they are being told about drug use with a lesson on editorial cartoons, subliminal messages, and critical thinking skills.
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An Introduction to Chinua Achebe's An Image of Africa

For Students 9th - 12th
In An Image of Africa, Chinua Achebe calls out Joseph Conrad for his racist attitudes in Heart of Darkness. Achebe contents that despite the fact that Conrad's novel is a blistering attack on Colonialism in the Congo, his characters are...
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The Science of Thinking

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How does your brain manipulate and store information? The installment of the Veritasium playlist explains the role of long-term and working memory. The lesson shows psychological problems and tests to illustrate these roles.
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Matilda - The Platinum-Blond Man

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Before reading Chapter Six, "The Platinum-Blond Man" in Matilda, readers preview the illustration of Mrs. Wormwood dropping her plate of food, and think about what may have happened to cause the scene. After reading the chapter, class...
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Introduction to Music: Symphony

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Expose young elementary students to the works of one of the greatest musical composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. Using three progressive lesson plans to complete the unit, class members are able to distinguish low and high sounds, count the...
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The Marshall Plan: The Vision of a Family of Nations

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The European Recovery Act (aka the Marshall Plan) was designed to bring together and develop a spirit of cooperation among European nations after World War II. Class members examine the materials from the Marshall Plan exhibit and assess...
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Leaping Lizards

For Students 5th Standards
Reinforce reading comprehension skills with a worksheet that challenges scholars to read a brief informational passage about lizards then show what they know by answering five questions—four multiple choice questions and one short answer...
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Propaganda Techniques

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In an age of fake news, alternative facts, and biased reporting, it is more important than ever that 21st century learners develop the critical-thinking skills necessary to recognize, analyze and resist the propaganda techniques used in...
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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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Citizenship: Exhibiting Responsible Citizenship

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Don't let one more crime go unreported! Four activities make up a character education lesson designed to test and reinforce observation skills, and inform scholars about the process of reporting crimes, as well as any possible safety...
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Good Classroom Citizens

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
What makes a good citizen? This is the driving question of a lesson designed to address the importance of having an active presence and positive effect on the community. With the help of three learning strategies, scholars listen and...
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Are the "Star-Belly Sneetches" Good Citizens?

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Create a tight-knit classroom community with a lesson that stresses the importance of belonging. First, Dr. Seuss lends his wise words about citizenship through The Sneetches and Other Stories. After a grand conversation about the...
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Perseverence: Overcoming Poor Decisions

For Teachers 5th Standards
Instill perseverance with a lesson that takes an in-depth look into decision making and how to overcome the consequences from poor decision making. Through grand conversation, role-play, self reflection, and a guest speaker, scholars...
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Self-Discipline: Anger/Conflict Management:

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Encourage self discipline with a activity focused on learning anger management techniques. Scholars first take part in a grand conversation and create visual representations of a time they were angry. They then build a classroom book...
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Citizenship: What is Freedom?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What does freedom mean to me? is the driving question of a character education lesson focused on citizenship. Scholars study the story, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, discuss in detail the positive realities of...
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Analyzing Persuasive Techniques in Advertising

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A commercial may sell its product to only 1% of its viewers, but 1% of 10,000,000 people can garner quite a profit. Explore the ways advertisements use persuasive techniques, including humor, celebrity testimonials, emotional appeals,...
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Comparing News Formats

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is there a place for newspapers in an online world? How influential is the 24-hour television news cycle? High schoolers delve into an activity about three news formats—online news, print news, and newscasts—and consider the advantages...
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Critical Thinking through Core Curriculum: Using Print and Digital Newspapers

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
What is and what will be the role of newspapers in the future? Keeping this essential question in mind, class members use print, electronic, and/or web editions of newspapers, to investigate topics that include financial literary,...
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From "First Crossing"

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young scholars look closely at four tales taken from the collection of short stories, First Crossing edited by Donald R. Galloby. While examining the life of four teenagers and the lives they lead as U.S. immigrants, your enthusiastic...
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Esperanza Rising

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Accompany a reading of the novel, Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, with a series of lessons that dive deep into the literary world of a young girl and the journey she takes to start a new life. Lessons and their...
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Hatchet

For Teachers 6th Standards
Accompany a novel study of Hatchet by Gary Paulson with a unit consisting of 16 lessons focused on physical and emotional survival. Reading the story along with a variety of informational texts, scholars compare and contrast reading...
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The Tortoise and the Hare

For Teachers 1st - 2nd Standards
Write a friendly letter to Hare giving him advice on how to win his next race so he doesn't make the same mistake as he did in Aesop's fable, The Tortoise and the Hare.
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Word Analogy Questions

For Students 4th - 12th
Looking for analogies? Here are 501.
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Compare and Contrast Essays

For Teachers 7th - 10th
One of these things is not like the other. But, so what? Why is it important to examine the similarities and differences between two entities? Here's a presentation that shows viewers how to go beyond a mere listing to create and support...
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Freshwater Availability Classroom Activity

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
This science assignment produced by NASA teaches inquiring minds the distribution of Earth's water. Learners will appreciate and understand the importance of fresh water and how weather and climate affects everything.
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Soar with Bats: A Science Explorations Activity | Scholastic.com

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
This easy-to-navigate interactive lesson of bats includes activities, research, and informational text that captures the audience. Perfect for engaging young minds during the fall months.  
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Curriculum For Careers

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Learners explore potential learning, earning, and living goals that align with their personal goals and interests in a comprehensive unit that includes complete lesson plans, interactive notebooks, worksheets, overheads, rubrics, online...
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Shizuko’s Daughter: Problematic Situation

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How could you decide which of your late mother's possessions are important enough to take to college with you? Decide which items would be the most valuable to you with an activity based on Kyoko Mori's Shizuko's Daughter. After learners...
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Pride and Prejudice: Problematic Situation

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
What would you do if your sister ran off with a man whom you didn't trust? Explore a scenario based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Once kids work though the problem, they read the appropriate chapters from the book and write a...
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Educator’s Guide to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

For Teachers 4th - 7th
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader guide includes chapter-by-chapter vocabulary lists and quizzes, discussion questions and writing prompts, and an explanation of Narnia expressions. Great for mainstream classrooms and homeschool situations.
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The Right Number of Elephants

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
How can you tell if a number of items is reasonable? Combine math and language arts with a fun activity based on Jeff Shepard's The Right Number of Elephants. After reading the book, kids discuss amounts of other items and create...
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Challenging Assumptions

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
After experiencing how quick and easy it is to make judgments as part of an opening activity, learners discuss the concept of a stereotype and the need to think critically and question our immediate assumptions.
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Think Outside the Box

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Pupils discover the importance of innovation, adaptability, and continuously seeking opportunities for change and growth, as a leader. 
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Critical Thinking

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Encourage learners to think deeply about the information they read or hear. Through a series of life skills worksheets, your pupils will consider the need for objectivity, identifying missing information, and problem solving.
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How to Analyze Documentaries

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Prepare your class for creating their own documentaries. Before they get started, they'll need to know what a documentary is and what makes a documentary compelling. As a class, watch several documentaries from the point of view of the...
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Get into Shape

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Shapes are so fun! Little ones explore, identify, and create shapes using tangrams or pattern blocks. The activity is intended to stimulate critical thinking while engaging learners through play and shape identification. Each child will...
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Lesson: Writings from a Room with No View

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners examine art by considering how the subject matter and artists design choices affect the viewer's experience. They use the provided close-up images and notes to analyze the painting, Poppies. Afterward, they use the painting as a...
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Campaign Ad Critique

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze current campaign TV ads and literature. They identify the ad by "type." They learn to look beyond the ad to understand its intended purposes and its real content.
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Critical Reading

For Students 7th - 12th
What does it mean to read critically? Critical readers look at the author's purpose, attitude, and tone. They draw inferences and identify facts and opinions. Use this guide to help your class become critical readers. Practice...
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What's Missing Here? - Necessary Information

For Students 3rd - 4th Standards
Take your third graders' problem-solving skills to the next level. Six word problems need a solution, but they aren't solvable in their current forms. Learners explain the piece of missing information that they need to solve the word...
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The French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is an interesting and somewhat interactive presentation. Covering the French Revolution, the slide show begins with a timeline of Napoleon's rise to power and ultimate fall. Main ideas for each event are then outlined with critical...
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Blue Water: Telling a Story or Baffling?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Some art can be difficult to interpret. Critical thinkers analyze the forms, techniques, purpose, and meaning found in the abstract piece, Blue Water. They engage in small group discussions in order to form a hypothesis as to the nature...
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Lesson: While on My Vacation

For Teachers K - 5th
Drawing, writing, and analyzing, that is what's on the menu. Young artists draw a corner of the classroom, analyze the painting, Poppies by Andrew Dasburg, and then write a postcard describing their vacation to an imaginary hotel that...
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Lesson: Struggle and Transformation: Jaguar & Adolescence

For Teachers 5th - 12th
To break down complex themes, discuss a sense of self, and learn a bit about Mayan culture, learners start through art analysis. They analyze a Mayan incense burner, discuss themes, and then write a short story that includes themes from...
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Lesson: The Significance of Symbols in Japan

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A fabulous Samurai suit of armor is the inspiratoin for a creative reseach project and presentation. Kids research the symbols found on the Samurai armor, describing the symbols meaning or significance in Japanses culture. 
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Lesson: The Shadow Spirit Sidekick

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Who doesn't need a sidekick or protective spell? Kids examine a clay vessel from ancient Colombia as they discuss the idea of sidekicks or protective magic. They then illustrate a comic strip that represents the concept of protection in...
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Lesson: Modern Day "Royalty"

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The life-sized statue of St. Ferdinand, King of Spain represents royalty as it was seen in the past. Learners explore who is considered royalty in modern times and compare them to royalty of the past. They make a collage representing...
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Lesson: A Garden for Monet

For Teachers K - 5th
To better understand artistic style and expression, your class compares two different paintings. They analyze each painting for style, technique, similarities, and differences. They then experiment with a variety of art materials and...
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Critical Reading

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce your readers to informative, non-fiction texts and how to read them successfully. No pictures or practice opportunities are provided, but you could compile a packet of examples to use as your class reads through the...
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What Is Your Favorite Place?

For Students 7th - 12th
Good writing can come from personal places. Budding online authors read an excerpt from a narrative-style newspaper article and then respond to several related writing prompts. They compose blog responses that use vivid imagery to...
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The Key To Keywords

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Finding information on the Internet requires good keywords and strategic thinking. Learners in grades three through five utilize embedded handouts to devise their own search strategies to find information needed to answer several...
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Lesson: Expressing the Inner Life of Things

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Found metal objects were welded together to create an inspiring African sculpture. Learners consider the use of objects and the inspiration of African art seen in Picasso's work. They then find and create a scrap art sculpture, as well...
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Lesson: Bringing Back the Sun: The Story of Jaguar Inspiring Student Stories

For Teachers K - 5th
What on earth is that jar for? It was an ancient incense burner used by the Maya, that was inspired by the myth of the sun god. Young analysts hear the story of the Mayan sun god, analyze the story through the artistry in the jar, and...
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Lesson: Painting Stories

For Teachers 1st - 6th
You're never too young for a lesson in fine art. Explore the painting Deucalion and Pyrrha, based on the Greek myth of the same name, with your class. You'll look at color, composition, texture, and technique, which are easily outlined...
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Lesson: The Gift of Giving

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Giving gifts has been a part of the human experience since modern man walked the earth. Upper graders explore the culture of gift giving in Mayan times through an artistic analysis. They analyze gift giving and palace life as seen on an...
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Lesson: Transformational Tapestries

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Art can be found anywhere, even in the class recycle bin. El Anatsui is an artist that uses found materials to create two and three-dimensional art. Kids examine his techniques, discuss the differences between found art forms, and then...
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Lesson: Weaving Words

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A woven rug depicting birds and cornstalks becomes the inspiration for a lesson on critical thinking and creative writing. Learners analyze the symbolism found in the rug and then compose a descriptive paragraph or poem that embodies the...
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Lesson: Paul Chan: "Score for the 7th Light"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Music, art, and poetry coalesce in a single exhibition, and in a single lesson plan. Critical thinkers analyze the Fluxus art movement as it's seen in the work of Paul Chan's 7 Lights. They consider the use of poetry and music in his...
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Lesson: Cultural Comparisons

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A game, research, and cross-cultural comparisons are in the works as you open an artistic lesson plan. Upper graders get analytical as they make observations that will help them create a link between abstract and creative thinking. They...
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Lesson: Scaled Up

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Do you ever think about what it takes for an artist to create a larger-than-life sculpture? Kids examine the piece, Scottish Angus Cow and Calf as it relates to scale, scale conversion, and artistic craft. They then use scale conversions...
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lesson: Facing a Stone Situation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Can you imagine what it's like to be able to carve an animal out of stone? Kids do, as they analyze the techniques used to create the South Indian sculpture, Sacred Bull of Shiva. After a critical look at the piece, they write a...
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"The Mission"

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Read the short story "The Mission" by Ben Miller and use this teacher's guide to focus on point of view and plot. Before you begin the reading, encourage a connection between your class and the text with the pre-reading worksheet...
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Goodbye Grandpa: Special Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is the focus of the activities that accompany student Jeremy Zinn’s short story, “Goodbye, Grandpa.”  Readers engage in a discussion and debate about the nature of character change and motivation...
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Do Presidential Candidates Need to Be Good Debaters?

For Students 7th - 12th
Blogs can be a good way for learners to engage in writing, critical thinking, and social media in a formal way. The New York Times has provided learners age 13-18 with an article, background information, and several prompts to get them...
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Lesson: Functional Fashion

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Upper graders scrutinize the clothing worn by the vaqueros in James Walker's painting, Cowboys Roping a Bear. They pay close attention to the period style as well as the clothing functionality in the given context. Kids then design their...
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Lesson: Tlatelocloc: The Localized Negotiation of Future Imaginaries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After reading though some great background information regarding Mexico's history, learners explore a terrible incident and the art that stemmed from it. They learn about the event surrounding the Tlatelolco Massacre and the art created...
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Lesson: Stepping into the Past

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How have things changed from the past until now? Young art historians examine a screen painted in Mexico during the 1700s. They discuss the differences between a garden party then and now. They then write a journal entry about the party...
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Lesson: Text Messages

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Can a neon sign be considered art? Kids consider two different works that use neon text as the basis for conveying artistic social messages. They then analyze a truism from Jenny Holzer's web site that holds meaning to them personally....
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Lesson: Sensing a Different Way

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Problem solving and creative thinking are top priority in an interesting lesson plan. Learners explore how they can think creatively to use four common objects in three different ways, they discuss senses and using senses differently to...
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Lesson: Urs Fischer: Reviving the Past Art Movements

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Seven major abstract art movements are analyzed by learners in groups. Each group analyzes various works by determining which work belongs to which movement. They then read Flatland, engage in an art and literary analysis discussion,...
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Lesson Plan: My Space

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Everyone has a special, personal space; here kids will create a collage that reflects that space. They analyze the painting Soup Tureen and Apple, review two poems, and then conceptualize a personal space through art. 
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Lesson: Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Kids consider the pure abstraction and minimalism found in Mary Heilmann's work. They analyze several of her pieces through critical discussion and then think about her use of a song title as the title of her exhibit. Learners then use a...
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Nov. 2, 1976 | Carter Defeats Ford in Presidential Election

For Students 9th - 12th
After reading about the presidential race in 1976, learners think critically about presidential legacy. They read all of the provided background information, related New York Times articles, and then respond to a writing prompt via blog...
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Lesson Plan: What We Value

For Teachers 7th - 12th
How have values changed? How does our society influence our choices? Two great questions lead this discussion about food production, history, and cause-and-effect relationships. Pupils analyze a limestone relief from Assyria, research...
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Lesson: Taking Risks & Making Comparisons

For Teachers K - 5th
Kids are asked how an Indian mandala was made. They devise a hypothesis and then use colored sand to test if their guesses were correct. They document the experience, examine a mandala, and write a comparative piece about the differences...
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Lesson Plan: Sensory Exploration

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Using their keen eyes and ears, learners build story observation skills which they will use to create sensory detail in their art. They note all of the things they observed on a walk, categorize them by sense, and then use the same skill...
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Lesson: David Goldblatt: Structures and Normativity, looking at Photography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Art can be a vehicle for social change and cultural expression. Upper graders examine the art of photographer David Goldblatt, as it pertains to apartheid, South Africa, and the AIDS epidemic. Discussion questions and image links are...
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It's All About the Brushstrokes

For Teachers K - 5th
Afte analyzing the painting, Autumn Poplars by Camille Pissarro, learners explore self-expression through painting techniequs. They disucss the piece, consider Impressionist painting, and then create masterpieces that represent a...
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Lesson Plan: How Coyote Came to Shuffle Off to Buffalo

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Creative kids read, discuss, play-act, and sketch to examine the cultural significance of Old Man Coyote. They listen to several stories involving Coyote, analyze the Harry Fonseca painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and write Coyote...
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Reading Comprehension 5: Level 9

For Students 8th - 10th
The piranha is the subject of a reading passage that is sure to engage your learners in a reading comprehension exercise. Pupils must employ multiple strategies to answer the questions based on the passage. Of particular value is the...
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Lesson: Urs Fischer: Your Choice: Reality or Illusion?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young analysts write a comparative essay, but about what? They compose a paper based on several critical discussion about reality and illusion, and how both are blurred in art. They analyze several theatre pieces that exemplify Brechtian...
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Nov. 17, 1973 | Nixon Declares 'I Am Not a Crook'

For Students 9th - 12th
Connect events of the past to events of today. Budding historians read an eight paragraph passage describing the Watergate scandal. They then connect the Nixon scandal to sex scandals of recent times. There are six critical thinking...
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What Do You Think of Obama's Oval Office Speech on the Oil Spill?

For Students 7th - 12th
Kids age 13 and older are asked to read the provided Times article and background information in order to construct a thoughtful blog response to Obama's first Oval Office speech. They work to address each of the related critical...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Celebrating the 19th Amendment

For Students 10th - 12th
Eighty-eight years after women earned the right to vote, a women ran for president. Young analysts consider the role women play in politics, how they are portrayed, the standards they are held to, and if they are still treated unfairly...
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Nov. 4, 2008 | Obama Is Elected President

For Students 9th - 12th
Read this interesting background information regarding the presidential election of 2008. Your class will read the provided passages and then answer four critical thinking questions that require them to consider the reading and what they...
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Lesson: All in a Name

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Lao Tzu was the fabled author of the Toa te Ching, Lau Tzu is also the name of a large sculptural piece. Kids examine Mark di Suvero's larger-than-life sculptures in relation to the elements of art they've learner about. They examine...
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A Glimmer of Beauty: Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Fully analyze the elements of art and unexpected beauty in the William Merritt Chase's Still Life with a Fish. The class will examine the painting very closely, then use photography to express unexpected beauty in still life. This is a...
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Picturing America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Literature and social studies are definitely linked, and this activity pulls them together to construct a great learning activity. The class will read several selections written at the turn of the 20th Century. They analyze ads from the...
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Royal Proclamation on Education: King Chulalongkorn of Siam

For Students 6th - 9th
How much did the King of Siam value education? Why did he believe haste was important? How do his views compare with modern views of education? These are the questions your class will answer after reading an excerpt from the "Royal...
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Applying KWL Guides to Sources with Elementary Students

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
What is a KWL chart? Here is a well thought-out lesson that has learners use KWL charts to gain historical perspective. Your class examines primary sources about historical events and identifies what they know, want to know, and,...
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Exploring Contrasts in "The Lanyard" by Billy Collins

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Middle schoolers analyze the speaker's ideas and tone in the Billy Collins poem "The Lanyard." After identifying how each of the five senses is addressed in the poem, they compare images to draw conclusions about the speaker and his...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Campaign Echoes

For Students 9th - 11th
Get on those thinking caps, because your class is going to analyze a political cartoon related to the 2008 presidential elections. Included is a large image of the cartoon, background information, and three guiding questions which can be...
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Was Andrew Jackson a Representative of the Common People?

For Students 9th - 11th
Kids examine the perspectives of two different historians, by reading excerpts from the texts they have written. They read each of the two page documents then response to 11 critical-thinking questions.
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Seneca Falls Convention: Declaration of Sentiments

For Students 9th - 11th
The Seneca Falls Convention was an amazing outlet for the female voice during the time of women's suffrage. Learners will read a short, but powerful excerpt from the Declaration of Sentiment, as spoken at the convention. They'll answer...
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Writing Exercises: World War II, #2

For Students 7th - 8th
Comprehending the role of key players and events of WWII is a task all learners must undertake. Here, they respond to three critical thinking questions regarding the roles Roosevelt and Stalin played during the war as well as Germany's...
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Excerpt: Cecil Rhodes' Confession of Faith (1877)

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Consider the words of Cecil Rhodes after reading this short excerpt from his publication, Confession of Faith. Upper graders read the excerpt then answer two questions analyzing the view of Africans toward his praise of British...
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Imperialism: J.A. Hobson (1902)

For Students 10th - 11th
J.A. Hobson was a popular writer, economist, and critic of Imperialism. Learners will read a short excerpt from one of his publications and answer two, two-part questions regarding his views on Western imperialism in Asia. Tip: Ask your...
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Compare and Contrast Knowledge of Vietnam War

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Kids compare and contrast knowledge of the Vietnam War. They consider what they know and how their knowledge has changed after listening to oral histories from the war. They compare the understanding of the war from the perspective of...
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Same and Different Through Music and Art

For Teachers K
This lesson is intended for a music class but would be a great way to teach compare and contrast to any class. Kindergarteners dance the Hokey Pokey to four different styles of music and examine two paintings of Humpty Dumpty, then...
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The Third Estate

For Students 9th - 10th
Kids read a translated version of Abbe Sieyes' document, The Third Estate. This document is shown in its original form and as an English translation. After reading the text they answer three critical thinking question to show their...
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Solar Kit Lesson #8 - Positioning Solar Panels II: Explorations with Stationary Panels

For Teachers 6th - 9th
This lesson is preparation-intensive, but well worth the investment. You will construct five or six portable testing stations with which lab groups will gather data on the best position for collecting sunlight with a solar panel. This is...
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Crazy for Cubes: Art and Science

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners discuss Sol LeWitt and conceptual art, then analyze the differences in expressing a concept through model-based inquiry and aesthetic art criticism. They develop a geometric, scientific, or mathematical concept, then create an...
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Questions in Art History

For Students 9th - 12th
This worksheet provides a wonderful scaffold for those learning how to analyze art in a critical and thoughtful way. It describes what art historians do, then requires learners to view and analyze one of the listed works. Twelve...
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The Last Word: Using Critical Thinking and Analysis to Reach a Decision

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Want to explore the process of writing a persuasive essay and tie it in with the upcoming elections? Class members use Venn diagrams and the hamburger model of persuasive writing to write a five-paragraph essay on elections and...
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Justice for All

For Teachers 4th - 6th
A reading of Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter opens a discussion of justice and fairness. Using a Venn diagram and an Idea Wheel graphic organizer, class members consider the similarities and differences in these two terms. They then...
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When Is a Noun a Verb? Examining Double Duty Words

For Teachers 6th - 9th
The New York Times' Learning Network provides great lessons! This one uses articles from the paper to help readers understand homonyms like mail (verb and noun). It also includes an exercise in reading informational text. Links to the...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Campaigns and Gas Pains

For Students 9th - 12th
Even before they are driving, your scholars have heard the ups and downs of gas prices. Assess the political turmoil behind rising prices using this analysis handout, which features a political cartoon from 2006. Background information...
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Media Awareness Network: Hate or Debate?

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Discuss the difference between legitimate debate on a political issue and arguments that are based on hate through a science-fiction scenario that shows how a controversial issue can be discussed in both ways. Then learn how purveyors of...
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I Have A Dream - Pastel Drawings

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Discuss the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, explore figurative language, and read about Harriet Tubman and her courage. After the discussion, learners analyze painter/author Jacob Lawrence's use of...
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Marketing to Teens: Introduction

For Teachers 7th - 12th
An introductory lesson shows learners how pervasive and influential advertising is in our culture; particularly, how teenagers are actively targeted by advertisers. As teenagers, your students already have all the information they need...