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Historical Narrative Using Silhouettes

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Connect art and history with a series of activities inspired by the work of contemporary artist, Kara Walker. After watching an Art 21 video about Walker and examining the images in a PowerPoint presentation, class members use...
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Compounding with 100% Interest Rates

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Your young economists will be amazed at the effect of compounding interest more frequently in this collaborative task about making sound financial choices. Learners are walked through the calculations of a couple of examples and then...
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Skateboard Deck Graphics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young artists don't need to be skateboarders to enjoy this assignment. Class members use the provided worksheet to craft 10 sketches that convey action or motion using no more than seven lines. They then select their three best ideas and...
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Fahrenheit 451: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Are literature and jazz dangerous as Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera contends? To establish the cultural and historical context of Fahrenheit 451, class members read a short essay about the 1950s and listen to classic jazz artists.
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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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Bless Me, Ultima: Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"A man's destiny must unfold itself like a flower, with only the sun and the earth and water making it blossom." Figurative language in Bless Me, Ultima is the focus of the fifth session in a 10-lesson unit study of Rudolfo Anaya's...
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Bless Me, Ultima: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"It seemed the more I knew about people the more I knew about the strange magic hidden in their hearts." Ultima's strange magic and the hidden hearts of Narciso, Tenorior, and the other foils in Bless Me, Ultima, are examined in the...
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Bless Me, Ultima: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"The orange of the golden carp appeared at the edge of the pond. . ." The second session in a 10-lesson unit study of Bless Me, Ultima examines the cultural and historic context of the novel. Just as Antonio struggles trying to align his...
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Bless Me, Ultima: Biography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"Understanding comes with life. . . " To begin a unit study of Bless Me, Ultima, class members read a short biography, watch a film interview of Rudolfo Anaya, and then craft a biographical portrait of Anaya.
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Hard Work Beats Talent

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Enlarge it, print it, laminate it, and post this picture of professional basketball players to remind kids that even pros practice daily. And check out that vertical leap!
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From Aaliyah to Jay-Z: Captured Moments in Hip-hop History

For Teachers 4th - 8th
To take "the definitive portrait of that person in that moment" is the quest of photographer and hip-hop historian Jonathan Mannion. In this short video, Mannion details his dedication to his art and the process he goes through to catch...
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How to Choose Your News

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How do you get the truth unfiltered by middlemen? Tune into various sources and note the differences is the suggestion in a short video that begins by providing examples of how media gatekeepers have manipulated information and how those...
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Then and Now: Fed Policy Actions During the Great Depression and Great Recession

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Review the Great Depression in the United States from an economist's perspective, examining roots of the crash, government policy actions, and policies instituted by the Fed.
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Readers of To Kill A Mockingbird are asked to select one child character and one adult character and examine how their views change over the course of the novel. In addition, groups search for evidence of how the events in the story...
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The Rising Cost of College: Tuition, Financial Aid, and Price Discrimination

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Are average college tuition and fees really rising in the United States? Here is a fascinating take on the rising cost of college tuition and how price discrimination may explain what is often seen as an insurmountable cost for higher...
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Is a College Cap and Gown a Financial Ball and Chain?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is the value of a bachelor's degree, and how does this compare to the costs of attending college? Answer this question using an excellent article that includes recent data and a list of additional links and resources, as well as a...