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I Need a Hero

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?”  Are you holding out for a hero? A Ulysses, a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker, or a street-wise Hercules like Huck Finn? Learners explore the heroic archetype, heroes in...
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Was the United States Justified in Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

For Teachers 6th - 11th Standards
As the culminating activity in a unit study of World War II, class members prepare for and engage in a Socratic seminar that considers whether the United States was justified in dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki....
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Philosophical Chairs: Justification for the Dropping the Atomic Bombs

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified? Class members prepare for a Document Based Question (DBQ) writing assignment with a series of preparatory activities. Groups examine six documents, including first person...
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Who’s in Charge Here Anyway? The Continued Debate Over Immigration Policy

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
After a quick review of previous lessons examining immigration policy of the past, individuals read, annotate, and answer text dependent questions based on an article about Arizona Immigration. The whole class then engages the question,...
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Spiders in Space

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Does a spider spin its web differently in space? What other ways might microgravity affect an arachnid? Pick a topic to research, plan an investigation, and follow astronauts on the International Space Station as they perform some of the...
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Butterflies in Space

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
How does gravity affect the life cycle of a butterfly? Learn first-hand what types of investigations astronauts perform in space by following along with one of NASA's experiments. Create butterfly habitats in the classroom with specific...
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The Hobbit: The Enchanting Prelude to Lord of the Rings

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
The Odyssey, Star Wars, The Hunger Games. Odysseus, Luke Skywalker, Katniss Everdeen. Add The Hobbit and Bilbo Baggins to these lists, and you have a unit examining classic and contemporary myths, legends, and folktales with hero and...
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Teach Ancient Greece!

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
“We alone regard a man who takes no interest in public affairs, not as a harmless but as a useless character.” Pericles’ comment, part of a funeral speech, sets the tone for a unit study of Ancient Greece. A series of activities...
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Connecting Algebra and Geometry Through Coordinates

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
This unit on connecting algebra and geometry covers a number of topics including worksheets on the distance formula, finding the perimeter and area of polynomials, the slope formula, parallel and perpendicular lines, parallelograms,...
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Scientific Process and Researching the Effects of Media

For Teachers 8th Standards
Watching R-rated movies causes in-grown toe nails! Well, not really, but what effect does violence in the media have on us? Your class will complete a research project to answer this very question and then design a public awareness...
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"Where the Red Fern Grows": A Lesson on Love and Devotion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Where the Read Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is rich with themes relating to love and family. Help your class to understand these themes with the series of reading activities included in this unit outline. Readers can keep a journal to...
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Jim Crow Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Jackie Robinson's attempt to earn a spot on the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers provides learners with an opportunity to examine the Jim Crow laws and revisit issues of segregation and integration. "The Unconquerable Doing the Impossible: Jackie...
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Comparing Center, Variability, and Shape

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
With the aid of a graphing calculator, have your class find key statistical characteristics, including mean, median, standard deviation, quartiles, and outliers, of seven different histograms. Investigate the connection between these...
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Interpreting The Story: Flashback Technique

For Teachers 10th
Who is Drake and why is he hiding under a car? The flashback technique used to open Drake Bennett’s short story, “Coward,” is sure to hook readers into a tale about a four year old who fears getting a shot at the doctor’s office. Class...
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Weight Loss

For Teachers 6th - 7th
This prereading guide has a list of potential vocabulary words, a writing assignment that asks readers to rewrite the story in a different tone, and a list of homonyms  (since the story is about confusing words). The very last activity...
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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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"Test of Manhood"

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Jonah Steinberg’s frame story about a young man’s initiation into manhood provides readers an opportunity to consider the demands of their own cultural and family traditions. Rorik, the main character of the fable, feels unworthy of his...
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Interpreting the Story: Characterization and Plot

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Imagine being trapped in a junkyard on Halloween by a drunken gunman! The main characters in Robert Jennings’ short story “Junkyard Jaunt,” have very different responses to this dilemma and readers will enjoy examining the personalities...
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Characterization and Theme: "A Start"

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Explore with your class how Elizabeth Buhot develops the theme of alienation in the way she depicts the isolation of her characters in “A Start.” The richly detailed plan includes a reading check, discussion questions, vocabulary...
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"Tawanda!"

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Introduce your class to another young author: Chrissie Ann Green! She's the author of "Tawanda," a short story about a best friend moving away. This guide provides a quick plot overview, questions for a reader's response log, a creative...
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Interpreting the Story: Focus on Characterization

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The inner drive, ambition, and obsession of the complex main character in Brennan Stasiewicz’s “Prophets,” are the focus of a post-reading discussion. Class members record words that reveal something about Jim Charlton’s personality....
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"The Clubhouse"

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Introduce your class to a young writer, Ryan Tate, and his story called "The Clubhouse." Although the story is not attached here, you can search for it easily online. This plan includes prereading activities, a plot summary, a creative...
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Interpreting The Story: "Ghostwriter"

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Frankenstein, Mr. Data, Hal, and DEFCON, the computer featured in Kyle Downey’s tale, “Ghostwriter,” all illustrate the dangers of creating intelligent life. After reading Downey’s story, class members craft their own narrative in which...
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Short Story Unit: Culminating Activity

For Teachers 11th - 12th
As the culminating activity for a short story unit, class members demonstrate their understanding of short story format by creating a story based on an event in the plot line of Stephen King’s "The Reaper’s Image."  A list of suggested...