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Influential People Taking A Stand

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore how influential people have taken a stand on difficult issues and the consequences that followed. This instructional activity connect American studens with students in England who present their own person for...
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Introduction to Primary Sources

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Young scholars explore the usage of primary sources, what they are and how they originate. Artifacts are compared and contrasted as part of this historical inquiry as questions are formulated and conclusions drawn.
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Public Service Announcements

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students work cooperatively to create a 30-second PSA that can air on alocal access cable channel, be shown to the school, or posted on a school website.
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Wisdom of the Ages

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners reflect on the different stages of life that humans pass through. They challenge common sense assumptions and critically engage media representations of people at different ages. They determine that media have embedded values...
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Keeping Your English Up to Date: Hoodie

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Language is fluid, especially the English language. See how it is currently changing and will continue to change. Using the example of the term "hoodie," learners work through a week's worth of vocabulary, spelling, and critical thinking...
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Putting It Together in Writer's Workshop

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This lesson about writing can be taught in small groups or large group settings. They examine basic writing techniques and practice using them to improve their writing.
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Assessing the Traits: What is Good Writing?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine samples of writing and discuss the score it received. They brainstorm what qualities make a good writer and stories.
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Cultural Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers research the passage of the 19th Amendment as an illustration of the mutual influence between political ideas and cultural attitudes. They also read the Seneca Falls Declaration and explore the cultural shifts it both...
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Exploring Arthurian Legend

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the evolution of the King Arthur stories and analyze them as a window into the culture that preserved them. They trace the legends through their earliest versions through medieval and Victorian times and into...
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Why Do We Remember Revere? Paul Revere's Ride in History and Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine primary documents regarding Paul Revere's ride and its role in the Revolutionary War. They consider how Revere's role has been written about by Longfellow and others and discuss the discrepancies between accounts.
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Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read texts, view film and video and conduct research in an analysis and comparison of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and the Kabuki piece "Chushingura". They focus their analysis on the theme of revenge.
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Arabic Poetry: Guzzle a Ghazal!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the evolution and cultural significance of the Arabic ghazal form of poetry. They, in groups, compose an original ghazal poem and read it aloud to the class.
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Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students conduct research to put Anne Frank's diary into historical context. They use maps, timelines, essays and websites to examine the early victories of the German army, paying special attention to the Netherlands and experiences of...
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Shakespeare Limericks 2

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
These fun limericks all point to a Shakespeare play. You fill in the blank with the title of the play each limerick points to. A creative way to get your readers thinking!
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Self-Monitoring Strategies and Vocabulary Games

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Teachers model self-monitering strategies for their learners. They participate in games and artwork that help them increase their vocabulary. They also complete a crossword puzzle.
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Journalism: Technology and Teen Abuse

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students investigate the link between technology and abuse among teens. They research dating abuse when cell phones or the Internet are involved. Working as a team of reporters, photographers, graphic artists, and page designers, they...