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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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Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Modern art is great to experience because it brings contemporary issues into everyday conversation. Upper graders consider the work of Mickalene Thomas, an artist that uses photo collage techniques to capture the beauty of African...
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When We Are A Story

For Teachers 4th
Drama and story elements go hand-in-hand. Have the class dive into a dramatic play to show character intention, conflict resolution, main events, and the dialogue in a Hawaiian folk tale. They read the story, then group-up to discuss and...
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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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Grade 1: Exploring Doubles

For Teachers 1st
Is one shoe still a pair? A tough question first graders can answer after exploring numbers that double. They are shown a series of images such as, tigers, shoes, paper towels, and bowling pins. They create a doubles chart by first...
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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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Helping Homeschoolers: Rigorous and Relevant Writing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Maximize the strengths of the homeschooling relationship to improve the quality and focus of your child's writing.
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The Power of a Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th
How does PBL differ from a basic thematic unit? Discover the answer to this important question. A bulleted comparison is made between each type of teaching method, example projects are included, and a full "how to" is laid out in an easy...
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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: Uncovering a Mystery: Making a Hypothesis

For Teachers 1st - 6th
The class is presented with an image of a hand-carved leg. They act as art historians and hypothesize as to the purpose, nature, and creators of this amazing wooden leg. They compose journal entries from the point of view of an art...
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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 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 the...
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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: 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 worksheet to capture vital information. A great resource that is...
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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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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: 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: 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 instructional activity, that incorporates observation,...
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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: Carving Through History

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Peek into the art and history of ancient Mexico by analyzing the artifact Stone Serpent Heads. Learners examine images of the piece, discuss its origin, history, and significance. They experience the carving process by creating similar...
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Lesson: Unmonumental: Yesterday's News

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders are tasked with developing a social consciousness as they analyze the impact of the news media. They view a presentation depicting various media events in order to understand threshold moments in history. There are three...
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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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How Often Do You Interact with People of Another Race or Ethnicity?

For Students 7th - 12th
Is interacting with people from different backgrounds part of a well-rounded education? A big question awaits young readers as they explore two New York Times articles that discuss modern-day segregation, population statistics, and...
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What Can We Learn From the Past?

For Teachers 7th - 11th
What would future archeologists learn from your scholars' personal belongings? Have them bring in a box of "primary sources" from their home. Discuss the difference between observations and inference, using some of your own items to...
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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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What We Eat, Where We Sleep: Documenting Daily Life to Tell Stories

For Teachers 6th - 12th
This is not just a New York Time article to read, this is a set of amazing activity ideas all related to the slide shows "Breaking Bread Everywhere" and "Where Children Sleep." Your class can view each show, read about what they mean...
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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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Cartoons for the Classroom: Media Industry and the Internet

For Students 10th - 12th
Kids take a good look at what the Internet has done to "old media" industries, such as newspapers, magazines, and books. They analyze the editorial comments made in a political cartoon and answer three critical thinking questions related...
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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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Lesson 7: Smart Grids

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Energy conservation is a hot topic these days; introduce your kids to the Smart Grid solution through a video clip and several interactive online tools. They discuss areas of household energy consumption, examining a pie chart...
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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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Making History....Literary

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Connect the Common Core ELA standards with history by employing a balanced literacy approach to reading.
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Earth Moon Scaling

For Students 6th - 12th
A wonderful lesson incorporating math and physics skills along with specific details about the planetary bodies. The cross-curricular approach makes for a valid activity to challenge multiple ages and abilities. Your class could work in...
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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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Diversity in Media: Looking Critically at What We See

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
This learning experience fosters awareness of representations we see, and don't see, in the media. Learners list TV programs, games, and films they enjoy, identify characters' ethnic, religious, (dis)ability, and sexual orientation...
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The Southeast Anatolia Project

For Teachers 7th - 9th
This resource is amazing. It is a full project including teacher notes, handouts, procedure, and worksheets. It introduces learners to the GAP project, a social environmental group working to bring irrigation, assistance, and increased...
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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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Kids Talk About Games

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Games are the feature of this film. Children share their favorite games in this short clip. This could be used before a lesson on games.
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Jump Rope Frustration

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Elmo helps Abby work through her frustration. She has trouble jumping rope, and so does Elmo. They figure out a way to jump without using a rope, and are happy.
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Journey To Ernie: Beach

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Big Bird has to use critical Language Arts to find Ernie. He must understand the meaning of under and over to complete his journey to Ernie. By following a list of clues, Big Bird finally finds success.
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Twiddlebug Outing

For Teachers Pre-K - K
The Twiddlebugs learn about wheels in this film. They try to replace a busted wheel with a square shaped cracker and a triangular nacho, but soon realize that the only solution is to use a round object. This is great lesson on problem...
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The Summer of the Swans

For Teachers 4th - 6th
The Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars, is a 160-page chapter book about a family going through a difficult time. Complement your reading of Byars' book with this detailed outline of each chapter. Every section includes comprehension...
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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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News or Propaganda?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What is considered news vs. propaganda? Learners will discuss objectivity and press responsibility while exploring these two concepts. They work in small groups to explore the article in-depth, guided by reading comprehension and...
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Zoo Animals

For Teachers K
Before a trip to the zoo, you can have your students complete these motivating activities. Learners listen to the book Do Pigs Have Stripes by Melanie Walsh, and classify a group of animals based on attributes. Then students draw a...
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Advertising Campaign Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ask your class to market a product. After choosing a product, class members develop ad campaigns, make PowerPoint presentations, set a schedule and budget for their media, and design advertisements (print and other types). Tip: Allow...
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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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Beach Exploration

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Little ones will absolutely love this lesson. It's all about the beach and what they can find while sifting through the sand. A large bucket of sand filled with hidden items is brought into the classroom. Learners will discuss what kinds...
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Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: Balance the Books

For Teachers 6th - 8th
There is a difference between profit and revenue, and it's up to your class to find out why. They each research the public accounting documents for their favorite company or brand. Then they use their findings to discuss the differences...
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The Scream by Edvard Munch

For Teachers 6th
Who doesn't love the painting The Scream? It's so unusual that it draws kids into a whole new space. Use the guiding questions and art-based activities included in the lesson to give learners a deeper understanding of Edvard Munch, his...
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Lesson: What are Words For?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Words are everywhere in our lives, and our culture shapes how we understand them. Examine the use of words and their impact on society by first examining a word-inspired art piece, and then by creating a thoughtful word-inspired collage....
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Creating Narrative

For Teachers 5th
Plot, setting, characters, and conflict are common to both drama and narrative stories. Kids create narrated tableaus that show their understanding of the plot, setting, and conflict of a story they've recently read. The lesson...
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Sequence of Events

For Teachers 4th
Are you in need of a new way to teach learners sequence of events and how to interpret a character's external motivations? Why not engage them in dramatic play? The class will use tableaux to convey the sequence of events in a familiar...
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Crow Boy

For Teachers 4th
There is a difference between actions, motives, and the appearance of a character in a narrative text. Fourth graders explore character analysis through the dramatic arts. They create a series of movements, tableaus, and pantomimes to...
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Angles on Kandinsky

For Teachers 4th
Not only is Wassily Kandinsky fun to say, his art contains tons of angles. Learners discuss Kandinsky's music-inspired abstract art and four types of angles. They search one of his paintings for obtuse, right, straight, and acute angles,...
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Spontaneous Inventions

For Teachers 3rd
Reading out loud can be a real thrill for some, and a real issue for others. Teach your class that reading with inflection and fluency can be as easy as singing a song. They'll first analyze two Bobby McFerrin songs for intonation,...
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Comparing Themes

For Teachers 3rd
The tale of "Lon Po Po" is a Chinese story, very similar to the European tale of "Little Red Riding Hood." Learners make cross cultural comparisons between the two tales, focusing on themes common to both. They review story elements such...
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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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Deconstructing Disney

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders analyze animated Disney movies. They demonstrate their awareness of how the artful use of language can affect and influence others. They evaluate how both genders and cultures are portrayed in mass media.
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Daily Life in Spanish St. Augustine 1565-1763

For Students 6th - 8th
How do we know so much about the past? A student-crafted presentation provides viewers with images of artifacts from St. Augustine, Florida that give historians and archaeologists clues into lives already lived.
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36 Public Policy Questions to Energize Your Government/History Classroom Debates

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Need topics that are sure to engage your debaters? This list of public policy questions includes such topics as school mascots, regulation of major league baseball, physician-assisted suicide, and violence in video games. A great...
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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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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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Consumerism: No Purchase Necessary

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners read a script that helps them understand the ins and outs of consumerism. They watch a video (not included), and engage in two additional activities. The lesson engages critical thinking skills and brings awareness to the...
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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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Joan of Arc

For Students 8th - 12th
Here is an online quiz, complete with answer links. High schoolers respond to nine short answer questions about Joan of Arc, her battles, and even the voices in her head. The best part, they can check their own answers.
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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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Section 19.5 The End of an Era

For Students 7th - 9th
Today your class will read and then write several responses regarding Napoleon and the French Revolution. There are seven short-answer questions related to Napoleon's empire and exile, and one short essay question asking learners to...
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Declaration of Rights of Man: Document Analysis

For Students 7th - 8th
Explore the Declaration of Rights of Man and consider why it is still studied today. Learners use the spaces and questions provided to analyze the important document. They summarize the document, determine the main idea, and consider 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: 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: Cultural Comparisons

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A game, research, and cross-cultural comparisons are in the works as you open an artistic lesson. 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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The Impact of Gender Role Stereotypes

For Teachers 8th - 9th
One of three lessons on gender stereotype, this resource from the Media Awareness Network discusses the violence that is inflicted on men and women as they try to live up to the stereotypes of their gender. The section on women focuses...
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Favorite Sports and Athletes: an Introduction to Sports Media

For Teachers K - 3rd
Even young children watch sports and like team logos and products. It's never too early to think critically about what's onscreen. This exercise develops awareness that media communicate values (i.e. who participates in sports and who...
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Lesson: Creating a Superhero Sculpture

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Indian art depicts an amazing pantheon of gods and goddesses, each having interesting powers and purposes. Young art historians use the provided images to analyze a carved sculpture of a monkey-god. They then brainstorm the attributes...
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Harry's Hurried Childhood: Advanced Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th - 12th
When we write a story with a message or specific purpose, we are writing something like a fable. Kids examine a wonderful tale about a boy whose wishes come true. They use their critical analysis skills to understand how the author...
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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: 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: From the Horse's Mouth

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Kids turn a critical eye on a wooden horse that was carved in ancient China. They analyze the horse as far as its purpose, historical significance, and artistic style, then write a story from the horse's perspective. 
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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. 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: Looking Closer: The Artwork of Shinique Smith

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A critical discussion regarding the nature of Shinique Smith's second-hand clothing art is the foundation for the lesson. Critical thinkers fully analyze the meaning behind her work, taking close consideration of where the clothing came...
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Renaissance: Italy and the Middle Ages

For Teachers 7th - 8th
A presentation with critical thinking, document analysis, and regents questions! Examine the shifts in art, learning, and understanding that took place during the Italian Renaissance. A look at the differences between the early...
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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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A Symbol of Protection

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young art critics consider symbolic protection as it has been used in various cultures around the globe. They view body art from the Marquesas Islands, looking for animals, letter, shapes, and patterns. They compare and contrast body art...
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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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Why Did King Henry VIII Divorce Catherine of Aragon?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Why did King Henry divorce Catherine of Aragon, and how did he make divorce possible? Young historians will read through each informational slide to learn the story of Catherine of Aragon, King Henry, and Anne Boleyn. They will then...
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Building a School Model: An Academic Challenge

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
First and second graders explore aspects of design. They discuss and design the ideal classroom building complete with window and door placement. Additionally, students observe and note features found in neighboring classrooms as...
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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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Do You Have Good Manners?

For Students 7th - 12th
Who cares about manners anyway? According to the New York Times, Mrs. Mason does. Learners read and consider an article which addresses the decline of manners and the impact it has on society. They answer seven critical thinking...
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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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Sentence Completion 6: Low-Advanced SAT Level

For Students 9th - 12th
Consider using this worksheet, another in a series of sentence completion exercises, as the basis of a lesson on test taking or comprehension strategies, as a critical thinking exercise, or as extra practice for up-coming standardized...
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Sentence Completion 12: Low-Advanced SAT Level

For Students 10th - 12th
Desiccate, despoil, devise, descry! You would be remiss if you did not use this sentence completion worksheet to challenge even your best pundits. The SAT level words and the beautifully detailed explanations key would help to ameliorate...
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A Better Class of Journal-ists

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Young academics create a current events journal by skimming newspapers for articles that fit defined guidelines for informational texts. After cutting out two articles each week to add to their journals, they write a brief description of...
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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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When Is It O.K. to Replace Human Limbs With Technology?

For Students 7th - 12th
Today's blog topic is robotic limb replacement for amputees. Upper graders read the related article and argument, then compose a blog response that addresses the questions provided. This is a great way to get kids thinking about ethics,...
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Excerpt from E.D. Morel's The Black Man's Burden (1920)

For Students 9th - 12th
The included excerpt would be a perfect contrary follow-up to reading, Rudyard Kipling's White Man's Burden. Journalist E.D. Morel composed the statement against imperialism in 1920. Black Man's Burden is a wonderful primary source...
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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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Is It Ethical to Eat Meat?

For Students 9th - 12th
Have your class join a blog about whether or not eating meat is good for you. They'll read several passages regarding meat processing and consumption, then they post what they think. There are six critical-thinking prompts to help them...
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Jan. 3, 1959 | Alaska Becomes a State

For Students 10th - 12th
Make connections with past history and current events with this critical thinking exercise. Kids read background information relating to Alaska's statehood as well as information on oil drilling and Alaska's economy. They put it all...
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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 lesson 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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People of the Arctic

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Read to learn all about the religion and belief systems of the Arctic-dwelling Inuits. This resource includes an easy-to-follow reading passage that is seven paragraphs in length, and five great critical thinking questions.
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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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Cartoons for the Classroom: Stand By for Regime Change

For Students 9th - 11th
When Barak Obama was elected president, he was unable to affect change untill the official start date of January 20th. Learners examine this policy, America's need for change, and the duties of the president-elect in a political cartoon...
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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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The Portrayal of Women in Media

For Teachers 7th - 9th
This is an awesome exercise. Learners use this worksheet as they examine an advertisement from a past decade (you need to provide). They answer five questions that aid them in analyzing the ad and the portrayal of women from that time...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Mosque debate Intolerance vs. Insensitivity

For Students 10th - 12th
Kids analyze a cartoon that deals with the hot-topic debate of whether a mosque should be erected two blocks from the place where the twin towers stood. They'll look critically at the techniques and symbolism used by the artist to convey...
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Writing Exercises: Collapse of Communism in Europe, #1

For Students 10th - 11th
Young historians will consider the causes that led to the collapse of communism and the Soviet Union as well as the impact Lech Walesa had on Poland. They compose three responses in short essay format.
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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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9/11 Essay Questions

For Teachers 8th - 10th
After reading about the events of September 11, 2001 learners can think critically with the aid of nine interesting questions. They answer each question in a full sentence and answer as if they were confronted with these questions at the...
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Writing Exercises: Japan and the Meiji Restoration II

For Students 8th - 10th
Critical thinking comes in many forms, one of which is written response. Learners compose three responses describing Japanese actions in Korea, forced open trade with the West, and the impact of Japanese Imperialism on relationships...
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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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Comics for the Classroom: Addicted to Spending

For Students 11th - 12th
Political comics can be a great way to get kids thinking critically about current political topics. They assess this cartoon and analyze how the cartoonist feels about US spending policy. There are three solid critical analysis questions...
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Writing Exercises: World War I, #1

For Students 7th - 8th
After learning all about World War I, middle schoolers can delve into this writing exercise. They complete three short answer questions that ask them to describe the role of women in WWI, the role of technology in WWI, and four causes of...
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The Reformers: Martin Luther and César Chávez

For Students 7th
Kids consider the characteristics needed to be reformers like Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez. They read a series of quotes focused on both animal and human rights to answer eight critical thinking questions. 
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Benito Juarez

For Students 9th - 10th
Read and work to understand the words of Benito Juarez. An excerpt from the primary source document La Reforma is the focus of this worksheet. Learners will read the excerpt, then answer three critical thinking questions.
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Same and Different Through Music and Art

For Teachers K
This lesson plan 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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Cartoons for the Classroom: Loosing Patients with the Recovery

For Students 10th - 12th
Upper graders examine this political cartoon in order to better understand feelings toward the economic recovery. There are three discussion questions to accent the learning. 
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Cartoon Analysis Worksheet

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Analyzing political cartoons just got easier! This handout includes ten questions intended to aid learners as they embark on a cartoon analysis. They look at visuals, written text, action, and symbolism found in the cartoon. 
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Teens Making a Difference

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Is your opinion significant? Help your class discover the influence their opinions hold and encourage them to make a positive change in their community. To start, they get in teams and brainstorm why their school should have more healthy...
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Comics for the Classroom: Debt Ceiling

For Students 10th - 11th
Upper graders examine the clichés that accompany this political cartoon, depicting how various people handle the national debt. They review several clichés quoted in recent times and write a 1-2 paragraph analysis of each. 
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Slave Resistance

For Students 6th - 8th
These historical scenarios are designed to aid the class understand how slaves resisted their masters. They are presented with six scenarios which they then respond to by describing how they would resisted slavery in each situation. This...
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Socratic Seminars in English Class

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Thinking of trying a fishbowl discussion? Follow the step-by-step instructions in this resource that not only details procedures but also suggests using Socratic, open-ended questions for discussion prompts.
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Brain Teasers #2 - High School

For Students 9th - 12th
Do they have a fourth of July in England? How far can a dog run into the woods? Brain teasers not only help develop critical-thinking skills, but can also provide an engaging break for your class members. No worries, an answer sheet is...
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Twig Construction: Recycled Materials

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Construction projects of any kind require learners to use spacial reasoning, creative thinking, and critical analysis skills. They design and make a twig/leaf structure out of natural and recycled materials. This project would be great...
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Building Character: Holocaust Survivor Testimonies

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Host a fishbowl discussion to help your class recognize and articulate the relationship between words and the character traits they describe. They analyze Holocaust survivor testimonies and apply the character traits they observe. No...
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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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How to Analyze the News

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Teach kids how to watch television, specifically the news, with this creative idea for learners of all ages from the Media Awareness Network. The elementary school plan focuses on presenting news as a story and uses Jon Scieszka's story...
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What Caused What?

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders consider cause and effect relationships as they read a passage about a cat named Petespaw. They discuss cause and effect as a class, read the provided passage, then finish five sentences by writing in the effect of each...
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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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Conceptual Analysis in Economics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice critical thinking skills by defending their beliefs orally in a "hot seat". In addition, they communicate their feelings about an inssue in writing.
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Pearl Harbor: Two Points of View

For Students 4th - 6th
Revisit December 7, 1941. A day burned into the memories of so many men and women, it is always taught in history classes, but it is rare to hear firsthand accounts of the bombing.  Provided here is an account from a Japanese military...
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Kellogg Special K Ads

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Foster class discussion about body image with the resources and questions provided here. Focus on Special K's "look good on your own terms" ad campaign. Learners start by reading about this campaign and analyze a series of print ads,...
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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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Cartoons for the Classroom: Distracted Drivers

For Students 9th - 12th
How do your students feel about texting while driving? Two political cartoons display the issue using humor, and background information gives a more serious coverage of the dangers and legislation involved. Three talking points drive...
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Mystery Jars

For Teachers K - 5th
This is a twist on the old "guess how many jellybeans" game. Using estimation and math skills, learners participate in a fun "mystery jars" activity, trying to make educated guesses at how many objects are in two jars. The basic activity...
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Tobacco Labels

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Adolescents compare and assess the efficacy of tobacco product health warning labels from around the world. In groups, they invent warnings and create labels that would be effective for teens and children. Discussion covers advertising...
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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...
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Read and Infer: Emerson's "Self-Reliance"

For Students 10th - 12th
The complete text of Ralph Waldo Emerson's manifesto "Self-Reliance" is accompanied by 9 excellent reflection questions. Encourage quadrant D-level thinking by challenging readers to infer, evaluate, and synthesize meaning from the text,...
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Let Me Tell You About My State

For Teachers 5th - 7th
State reports can be a lot of fun, especially when the learners get to choose the state they study. This research and writing-focused social studies lesson engages learners in collecting information, essay structure, research, and...