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the Holocaust: the Life of a Jew

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers describe in detail the harsh conditions that the Jews were faced with. They practice their writing skills by keeping a daily journal and identify how their lives have been influenced by the Holocaust.
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In the Shadow of My Country: A Japanese American Artist Remembers

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students analyze artist's themes and means of communication, think critically about their sources of information, and weigh claims of national security against the civil liberties of diverse groups.
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The Forgotten Soldiers: Their Glory Remembered

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students watch a video and then role-play what it would have been like to be a member of the 54th Massachusetts regiment during the Civil War.
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The Law: Your Rights and Responsibilities

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore First Amendment rights and responsibilities.
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Living to Avoid The Criminal Justice System

For Teachers K - 12th
Learners brainstorm a list of negative stereotypes in the African-American society. In groups, they develop ways to decrease the chance of them living in poverty and being in trouble with the law. They develop ways to solve problems...
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Ensuring Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the meaning of the amendments, why they were added and how they affect our lives today. The post-assessment challenges students to create an illustrated poster of five amendments,
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The Taliban Meets the Bill of Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars contrast the Taliban and the Constitution. They read through "What the Taliban Banned" and identify "rights." They determine if rights in the United States are in danger and if the Taliban violate the first ten amendments...
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Wiggly Spiders

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young scholars create "wiggly spiders" using black paint, construction paper, yarn, and their hands in this fun, messy, art lesson for the early elementary classroom. An ideal lesson for the Halloween holiday or for a lesson/unit on...
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Shared Reading and Writing Postcards and Letters

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders participate in week long Shared Reading and Writing activities. They read postcards that included in the Literacy Matters resources and visit website to read about wolves. They write about wolves in paragraph form and...
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Thoreau

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders answer the question Why Westborough? Why did their town develop as it did, what types of industry were here and why. They are introduced to journal writing. Students free write about ideas that stand out from class. ...
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Dice Relay

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders perform a variety of mental and physical tasks during a relay race. Working in teams, 8th graders roll the dice where each number represents a different physical or academic skill they must perform. The team to complete...
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Citizenship Worksheet 1 - The Rights and Responsibilities of a United States Citizen

For Students 8th - 9th
In this United States citizenship activity, students learns the qualifications for U.S. citizenship, the rights of that citizenship as well as the responsibilities therein.
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Giving Citizens a Voice in Latin America

For Students 8th - 9th
In this Latin America worksheet, students take notes about the causes and effects of the pursuit of democracy while reading several passages, then answer two comprehension questions.
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Childhood’s End, Ch. 3

For Students 9th - 12th
In this comprehension check worksheet, high schoolers respond to 10 short answer questions covering chapter 3 of Childhood's End by Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
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What Makes Time Tick, or Has the Industrial Revolution Really Made Clocks Go Faster?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the concept of time both historically and in their own lives. Students count the number of times they refer to a clock and the number of scheduled and unscheduled activities in their lives. Students discuss how the...
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One Person's Trash: Breaking it down

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research how trash is disposed of and make an edible landfill. In this trash lesson plan, students research proper trash disposal, and discuss how trash affects the community. Then they make an edible landfill.
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Divided We Fall

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars examine the Bill of Rights. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students write essays for perform plays that feature the importance of the first ten amendments. Young scholars imagine the United States without 1 of the...
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Lesson Plan: Early Political Parties

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the platforms of early political parties in the United States. In this political parties lesson, students discover details regarding the attributes and ideals of the federalists and the democratic-republicans. High...
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Tin Can Sculpture

For Teachers K - 12th
Students create art from recycled materials. In this visual arts instructional activity, students follow the provided steps to create their own tin can artwork.
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Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan: Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this child labor lesson, students examine photograhs by Lewis Hines and discuss the implications of child labor in America.
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Perseverance and the First Amendment

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the right to petition and assemble. In this Bill of Rights lesson, students read the First Amendment and discuss the rights guaranteed by the amendment. Students research selected groups and movements that have made...
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The Art of Nonviolence: Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and Concepts of Nonviolence in Indian Art

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars make connections between nonviolent ideals and art. In this visual arts lesson, students discuss the successes of the American Civil Rights Movement and discuss Gandhi's influence on the movement. Young scholars then...
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Liberty Vs. Security

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine civil liberties. In this U.S. government lesson plan, 12th graders analyze presidential speeches throughout history that address the balance between liberty and security. Students use their findings to write...
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Modern United States 1941 - Present -- Primary Access

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Young scholars examine events in recent American history. In this primary source analysis lesson, students explore several photographs and documents about the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War.