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Religion in Public Schools

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders conduct research on important background information regarding the role of religion in American public schools. For this Ethics lesson, 7th graders examine and become familiar with the First Amendment of the Bill of...
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Why Do We Have Governments?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the contract of renting land for the Ipswich Public Schools. In this compare and contrast lesson, students compare and contrast a contract made in 1650 to the contract of 2008. Students work in groups, read newspaper...
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Prayer and Friday Night Lights? An Establishment Clause Case from Texas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is a Christian prayer before a Friday night football game a nice gesture or the imposition of religion on the rest of the community? A resource asks the question using a clip from the popular movie "Friday Night Lights" and readings...
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A Silent National Crisis: Violence Against Teachers

For Teachers K - 12th
School violence is becoming an epidemic in America. How can schools protect their teachers—and teach them how to protect their students? Read an important brochure about how violence affects teachers personally, emotionally, financially,...
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Planning for Middle and High School

For Teachers 7th Standards
So, what's the plan? Seventh graders begin their college and career journey in the first of six lessons. After creating their online profiles on a career resource website, individuals conduct extensive research to determine the courses...
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Resistance to School Desegregation: The Boston Busing Crisis

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
New ReviewDespite how it sounds, Boston's busing crisis wasn't a transportation problem. Academics address the problems faced by African Americans following school desegregation and the struggle to receive equal educational opportunities. Scholars...
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Everyone Has the Right to Be Safe at School

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Create responsibility and a sense of ownership with a classroom behavior contract. Learners provide input and accept accountability for their own behavior. Everyone feels validated and heard as ideas are written on a large chart,...
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What is Art?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students become familiar with the art and architecture and history of the Chicago World's Fair.  In this public arts project lesson, students compare and contrast fine art and public art through a study of the exhibits at the Chicago...
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Persuasive Essay: Should Cities Have Natural or Green Spaces within ½ Mile of Every Resident?

For Teachers 7th
Introduce public policy and persuasive writing with a well-designed activity for junior high learners. The writers develop a stance on whether cities should have natural or green places within a half a mile of all residents. Included are...
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Teaching Justice: Schooling and the Four Waves of U.S. Immigration

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
U.S. immigration is the focus of a unit on social justice. Over the course of a school year, young historians read a variety of texts to learn about four waves of immigration that have occurred over time in the U.S. An emphasis on...
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Play Well with Others…Be Active Against Bullying!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Bully-free is the way every school should be! How can you help create that kind of culture in your school? A well-written teacher's guide containing lessons for grades 6-8 may be just the ticket. Each unit, separated by grade level,...
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Cancer Public Service Announcement

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders create a Public Service Announcement and explore the causes and treatments of cancer.
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Lesson 2: Private & Public

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What is the difference between a private and a public place? The focus in this second lesson on family life and sexual health is building an understanding of the difference between the concepts of private and public and the behaviors...
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Presentation to Class and School

For Teachers 4th - 8th
How's the weather today? Elementary and middle schoolers plan severe weather awareness day in this lesson on research presentations. They present their research reports, along with their action plan and any other associated products...
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High School Economics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Imagine an entire high school economics curriculum, ready to use, complete with daily plans, activities, and materials. Each lesson includes activities that require class members to use what they are learning to address an economic...
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Writing Prompts for High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here’s a great teacher resource - thirty-five writing prompts designed for high school writers. Categories include cause and effect, definition, expository/informative, persuasive, how to, descriptive, narrative, biographical narrative,...
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Plyler v. Doe: Can States Deny Public Benefits to Illegal Immigrants?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Illegal immigration is an ever-changing source of consistent controversy. A reading passage about the rights of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants—and the lack thereof—guides high schoolers into a mock trial activity. Three...
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Is This Really Okay for Me? A Public Health Statistical Analysis

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Future public health consultants are asked in a letter to help determine if a fictitious drug is causing birth defects in a population. They perform a simulation using beans and probability calculations to come to a conclusion. Note that...
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Public Education

For Students 4th - 5th Standards
Your pupils may not know that school was not always required. Teach them a bit about the history of public education with a reading passage and related questions.
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Challenging Segregation in Public Education

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research topics related to segregation in schools in groups. In this segregation lesson, students analyze primary source documents and write an opening argument for Supreme Court cases. Students read and analyze legal cases that...
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Levies to Decide School Funding

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interview the district treasurer or other financial officer to see if their school district is planning a levy and conduct other interviews to gather opinions from the community. Students then write an analysis about the...
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"Whispering Wires": Public Law vs. Individual Civil Liberties

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High school student love discussing controversial issues like those brought up in this fourth amendment case study. They examine the 1928 Olmstead vs. U.S. prohibition court case, applying the fourth amendment to determine whether or not...
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School discipline includes paddling

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars analyze corporal punishment, debating the pros and cons. Students investigate, collecting background information and interviewing school community members. If young scholars disagree with the district's policy, students...
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The Establishment Clause and Lee v. Weisman

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Prayer as a part of a public school graduation? The 1992 Supreme Court decision in the case of Lee v. Weisman is the focus of a series of activities that has class members investigate other rulings related to the Establishment Clause in...

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