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The Many Meanings of Michelangelo's Statue of David

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Invite your learners to consider how the context of an artwork can alter its meaning and interpretation throughout its history by examining the intriguing history behind Michelangelo's statue of David. The video discusses how the...
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Galileo: Revealing the Universe

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
To gain an understanding of the significance of Galileo Galilei's revolutionary ideas, class members watch the short video "Stargazing Before Galileo," and conduct a close reading of Galileo's Sidereal Messsenger. They then compare...
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David Walker vs. John Day: Two Nineteenth-Century Free Black Men

For Teachers 6th - 11th Standards
What was the most beneficial policy for nineteenth-century African Americans: to stay in the United States and work for freedom, or to immigrate to a new place and build a society elsewhere? Your young historians will construct an...
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Dead Poets Society: Supplement to Movie

For Students 9th - 12th
Here's the perfect resource for anyone viewing Peter Weir's Academy Award winning film, Dead Poets Society. Whether part of a classroom study, used in a homeschool situation, or for personal viewing, the nine-page packet is a must....
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Learn about BCE and CE through Events in Afghanistan

For Teachers 6th - 8th
BCE and CE? Class members create a timeline of key events in the history of Afghanistan before and after the Christian Era using the provided list. They then add their own birth dates and events in American history as well.
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The Columnist Project

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Imagine a list that includes Alan Abelson of Baron's, Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, and Mother Jones. High schoolers select a national columnist, read and annotate five columns by this author, noting the rhetorical strategies,...
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Mapping the Silk Road

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Imagine traveling the Silk Road. Would you go by land or by sea? After adding mountain ranges, deserts, and cities to a topographic map of the area between Antioch, Turkey and Xi'an, China, class members brainstorm the pros and cons of...
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How Have Nonconformists Contributed to Society?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
"Whoso would be a man, must be a noncomformist." Or so said Ralph Waldo Emerson in his "Self-Reliance" essay. Class members are encouraged to explore the goodness of a nonconformist and decide for themselves if this person deserves...
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Getting Started with Interactive Math Notebooks

For Teachers K - 7th
Set young mathematicians up for success with this interactive math notebook. Including a list of rules and expectations for using the notebooks, as well as templates for a creating a cover page and table of contents, this resource...
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Youth Emergency Preparedness

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Go beyond the typical earthquake drill and prepare your learners to become proactive responders in the event of an emergency. From blackouts and droughts to thunderstorms and extreme cold, your class members will discover how disasters...
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Archaeology Inventory Project

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What can be learned from ancient art and artifacts? In the second of a series of lessons devoted to the history of Afghanistan, class members assume the role of archaeologists and investigate art found along the Silk Road. They observe,...
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Afghanistan and the Silk Road Map Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Introduce your class to the rich history of Afghanistan, especially its ancient sites and its importance to the Silk Road, with a series of activities that begins with a mapping project. Using a variety of reference materials,...
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African Americans in Revolutionary Times

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
How did black Americans contribute to colonial society in the United States and make active choices to exert some control over their lives as slaves? Explore the often overlooked yet incredibly important roles of Africans and African...
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Land and Liberty: The Saga of Sam McCulloch

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The struggles of Sam McCulloch, a free black man, to be recognized as a citizen entitled to own land in Texas are the focus of research project that ask groups to examine a series of primary source documents and piece together...
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Who Was Christopher Columbus?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Does Christopher Columbus deserve credit for "discovering" America? What was the impact of the Age of Exploration on native peoples? 
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Breaking the Muslim Monolith: Exploring Stereotypes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Bringing to light our own tendencies to stereotype is a key step toward becoming open-minded and informed members of a world community. Use this rich resource to discuss the harmful effects of stereotyping, as well as to consider the...