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A Teacher's Guide to the Signet Classics Edition of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Whether new to teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or an experienced pro, you’ll find useful resources in this teacher’s guide. The 40-page packet includes background information, historical context, an annotated list of characters, a synopsis of the novel, discussion questions, a list of significant quotations, and activities for each block of chapters, writing prompts, and a detailed list of group and individual project ideas.
10th - 12th English Language Arts
Talk About the Passion
Students think critically about artistic freedom and evaluate the aims and effectiveness of censorship and education. They begin an investigation of the ongoing controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ" by reading "New Film May Harm Gibson's Career.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
TIME Magazine: Judy Blume, The Storyteller
Whether your middle schoolers are fans of Judy Blume or haven't heard her stories, this TIME Magazine article will get them interested in her writing. A short biographical sketch of the author introduces this reading comprehension lesson, which includes questions for before reading, during reading, and after reading.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Art in Nazi Germany When Art and Politics Didn't Agree
Five lessons display the art created by Germans under the Weimar Republic. The focus of these lessons is to help learners understand the role of art in politics, government censorship, and Nazi tactics. Web links are included.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History
Do Students Have a Right to Read?
Learners use several sources to determine how the First Amendment protects their access to books in the school library. They examine a Supreme Court decision and their own school district's policy about the removal of controversial books from libraries.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
New Review Become a Journalist
Explore the newspaper as a unique entity with a detailed and extended unit. The unit requires learners to consider the newspapers' role in democracy, think about ethics, practice writing and interviewing, and examine advertising and news content.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Short But Sweet
After analyzing and evaluating news summaries found in the New York Times "Week in Review" section, middle schoolers study the steps for summarizing a news article briefly and accurately. They write two news summaries: one on a newspaper article, and one on another type of informational text.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Dollars and Votes: 2012 Election
What comes to mind when learners think about campaign financing? They watch a video (linked) about the fundraising climate during the 2012 presidential election and discuss Super PACs and Supreme Court legislation as a group. Scholars focus on rhetorical device by listening to famous speeches and completing a graphic organizer on persuasive techniques.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Individual Rights vs. The Greater Good Within the Scope of War
When, if ever, is the government justified in restricting individual rights? When, if ever, should the "greater good" trump individual rights? To prepare to discuss this hot-button topic, class members examine primary source documents, including Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Order 9066.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
How Social Media Can Make History
From Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 to Facebook, Twitter, and TXT. Here’s a must-see video for anyone interested in the transformation of the media landscape and message distribution. The narrator traces four media revolutions: print media, conversational media, visual media, and the Internet, which he labels as “the largest increase in expressive capability in human history.
16 mins 9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Cold War
Take your instruction on the Cold War to the next level by having learners participate in a group role-playing exercise, working to convey pertinent information and illustrate the intense anxiety related to this time period in the United States.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Rise of Totalitarianism, the Start of World War II and the US Response
How did totalitarian regimes, in places like Russia, Italy, Germany, and Japan, come to power after World War I? Your young historians will participate in a jigsaw activity and then analyze the response of the United States to the rise of these regimes by debating as either isolationists or interventionists.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable