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Second graders examine colonial music. In this historical perspectives lesson, 2nd graders explore primary sources available from the Library of Congress that feature colonial music. Students create skits featuring the music. Analysis of best practices and technology integration articles are included to further support the teacher of this lesson.
Students analyze the use of dramatic monologue using Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess." In this dramatic monologue lesson, students explore Browning in historical and literary context. Students read the poem and analyze the dramatic monologue as a part of character analysis. Students write a dramatic monologue based on one of the characters in the poem and write an essay for close reading analysis of Browning's "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister."
In order to read and respond to Toni Morrison's A Mercy in this figurative-language lesson plan, students discuss the differences between a literal and a figurative interpretation of a text. They explore figures of speech using a Visual Thesaurus, and keep a log of figurative language used by Morrison throughout the text.
Middle schoolers explore Spanish culture by listening to a lecture in class. In this religious celebration lesson, students discuss the Holy Week in Spain and the similarities between Spanish and American religious appreciation. Middle schoolers define a list of religious terms and discuss the history of religion in Spain.
Students explore U.S. history by answering study questions with classmates. In this New England Colonies lesson, students identify the thirteen colonies and read assigned text about the creation of New England and the United States. Students answer study questions based on the text and complete a test after several days of reading.
Sixth graders in a special education class discuss excerpts of two stories and read biographical information on the authors. In groups, they read the full text of both stories and try to solve the mystery as they read. They practice their skills working with others and write in their journals to reflect on the lesson.
Sixth graders research the technological development of one medical tool from the 17th, 18th, or early 19th centuries. They trace the advancement of the tool to its contemporary medical tool. They research the communicable disease the tool helps cure and design a timeline related to their tool.
Fourth graders answer questions about John Smith, and also they figure out what was necessary are needed for surviival. Students are given a replica of Smith's 1612 map, they then answer questions using the map as their resource. Students may notice that the maps have a great amount of information about Virginia's Native Americans. They compare and contrast the two different maps (John Smith's map and modern day Virginia map).
Students explore the artistic value of propaganda. In this visual arts lesson, students analyze antique artistic pieces for their political agenda perpetuation. Students discuss propaganda techniques of the past to today prior to designing propaganda posters for current political leaders.