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The Uncertain Future of Kosovo
Students investigate the ongoing peace process in Kosovo through thorough discussion of the underlying issues of the Kosovo conflict and the evolving resolution.
Students research the allegations of unfair or illegal business practices of various corporations, then create media campaigns that seek to improve the companies' images.
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Pupils analyze a variety of primary source materials related to lynching (news articles, letters written to or written by prominent Americans, pamphlets, broadsides, etc.) in order to assess the effectiveness of the anti-lynching campaign spearheaded by African-Americans. This resource focuses on Billie Holiday's signature song, "Strange Fruit," a protest song Lewis Allen (Abel Meeropol) wrote in 1938 about the ongoing and intransigent problem of lynching in the American South.
First Amendment Rights
Fifth graders participate in a problem-solving and decision-making process involving the First Amendment rights to analyze and implement a solution for a school-related issue. They are given a variety of scenarios to apply the First Amendment through a journaling and discussion process.
Students examine how diamonds are portrayed in American culture. They identify the political and social implications of conflict diamonds and the locations of these diamonds in Africa. They evaluate the effectiveness of the Kimberley Process.
Harry S. Truman - Campaign of 1948
Students establish the major events leading up to the election in 1948. In this U.S. History lesson, students research details about Harry S. Truman, then they participate in a class discussion about him so that they are ready to complete several activities relating to the election in 1948.
1912 Campaign Issues Project
In this Progressive Era worksheet, learners conduct research about the Presidential Election of 1912 and its issues. Students prepare classroom presentations that address the listed questions about the issues.
Fourth graders interview community members for a "newspaper". They design a business brochure, write a disappearing ghost story, and experiment with mono-printing. They experiment with a variety of materials, tools, equipment, and processes.
A Free and Open Press: Evaluating the Media
Students compare and critically evaluate the different media as sources of news, develop criteria for defining "news", experience the editorial process of selecting news stories and detect bias in news reporting.
The Drug Dope Show
In small groups, high schoolers research an assigned drug category including its physical effects, addiction treatments and the societal, academic and economic impacts of drug abuse. They engage in a "talk show" and discussion about drug types, addiction/recovery processes, and the effects of drug abuse. Furthermore, they will explore techniques for resisting peer pressure.
Manufacture of Ground Beef
Students study the proper temperature and technique to cook ground meat safely. They examine the critical control points when ground beef is being processed.
This Business Called Learning: Advertising
Mimic a business environment by asking your class to work in cooperative business groups to create an advertising campaign for a new product called Giggle Gum. Campaigns will include a press release, slideshow presentation, print ad, and radio commercial. Pupils can get inspiration from real video and audio clips and a visit from a guest speaker. The idea is strong; however, there could be more description of the procedures involved that make the activity go smoothly.
The Presidential Campaign Game
Students play a game. In this election lesson, students play the Presidential Campaign Game. Students learn about the politics and process of electing a president.
The Jessie Jackson Campaign
Students explore an African American's presidential campaign. In teams, students create a campaign for their presidential candidate. They create political ads and plan campaign strategies. Students are simulate jobs such as a campaign manager, situation manger, public relations, and political strategist. After research, students prepare a PowerPoint presentation of their candidate's message.
Behind the Ad: The Process of Producing a Political Commerical
Students examine how advertisements are produced for political campaigns. In groups, they view various examples of different advertisements and create their own ad by completing the steps listed in the lesson plan. They share their ad with the class and participate in a discussion about the values it portrays.
The Emergence of Television as a Campaign Tool
Learners examine how the television changed the way candidates ran their campaign. In groups, they compare and contrast the television campaign ads of 1952 to those of today. They discuss how one's appearance became a bigger issue in an election than perviously because of the invention of the television.
Songs of the Times: American Concerns in 19th Century Campaigns
Students examine campaign songs from the 1840, 1848, and 1860 elections to explore the campaign strategies of 19th century political parties.
Campaign Songs as Propaganda
Student analyze campaign messages about tariffs in a nineteenth-century campaign song. They identify the intended audience of the message. They discuss strategies for courting the other political party's bloc.
Federal Political Campaign Pamphlet
Young scholars organize and create a six-panel federal political campaign pamphlet. They research the main Canadian federal political parties, analyze the platforms, and organize the information for their pamphlet.
The U.S. Election Campaigns
Students create a classroom newspaper based on the issues of the current national or local political campaigns. Lasting for 6 weeks, this is a great tool for increasing student awareness.