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Students understand the importance of books in past and present societies. For this philanthropic lesson, students compare Andrew Carnegie and Benjamin Franklin's perspective on the importance of everyone being able to read. Students explore the contributions of Bill Gates and technology to public libraries. Students participate in a fund raising activity to benefit public libraries.
Students, exercising knowledge, reasoning and communication complete a chart that is well-organized and well-detailed. They assess the Economic concepts of supply and demand and how that relates to production and sales. In addition, an example of a Chain of Events chart is provided.
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members explore these questions and craft an essay that presents their reflections. The packet includes a brief plan but the real value is in the resources included. Provided are a resource list, a reflective essay writing assignment, rubric, and exemplary writing sample. In addition, templates for “Power Quotes,” historic events, famous people, significant art and architecture, education issues, fads, fashions, literature, music, and radio shows are provided.
Young readers explore philanthropy and its effects on the public good. They discuss athletes and their examples as philanthropists. They research a sports hero and play "The Match Game" to determine what they know about other sports heroes. They discuss National Philanthropy Day and ways to celebrate it. Extend this lesson into a research paper which requires middle schoolers to use textual evidence to support their arguments.
Here is a terrific series of lessons which detail America's rise to becoming a world power. Seventh graders create a newspaper that chronicles the important events during this time period. The papers contain information about the expansion of the US Navy, the annexation of Hawaii, the Spanish-American War, and the building of the Panama Canal. This impressive plan has everything you need for successful implementation.
Five segements from Ken Burns' documentary series Prohibition, easily accessed on the PBS website, are at the center of a terrific short unit on the roots of America's ambivalent relationship with alcohol. Engage your secondary class with a discussion of proposed government regulation of personal behavior based on several examples provided. Then explore the roots of Prohibition through video excerpts, active listening practice, and an engaging, thought-provoking deliberation activity. A comprehensive resource that includes video note-taking and discussion questions, active listening guidelines, background information about six historic constituent groups that class members role play in the deliberation activity, and a bibliography with other useful resources. Take a weekend off from planning. With a resource as complete as this one; you've got Prohibition covered.
A comprehensive look at the prohibition debate through the lens of immigration gives scholars intriguing material for a debate and essay of their own. They watch four video clips (find these on the PBS website), discussing issues in small groups after each one. The viewing guide offers excellent prompts to get scholars critically thinking instead of just retaining. Use the debrief questions to facilitate a whole-group analysis, too. Next, groups discuss differing positions of various demographics. They are then assigned roles and given actual legislation to read and debate from various viewpoints. They vote to pass or veto each of the four bills. Finally, individuals write essays based on a given essential question relating anti-immigrant sentiment to prohibition enactment.