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“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” You’re never too old for Dr. Seuss and using The Sneetches and The Lorax is a great way to introduce readers to allegories, parables, and literary symbolism. The lessons included in this richly detailed resource use such diverse tales as James Aggrey’s “The Parable of The Eagle,” James Thurber’s “The Moth and the Star,” and William Faulkner’s “The Bear” to model how to uncover the levels of meaning in symbolic stories.
What does a speech reveal about the speaker? Pupils explore this question and more as they conduct a close reading of Sojourner Truth's speech. Class members activate a series of skills related to the Common Core as they analyze the text, including citing textual evidence, writing analytical commentary, using research skills, and executing a questioning strategy. 
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading lesson does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by vocabulary, short-answer questions, and other close reading tasks. Small groups work on the questions together and all pupils must decide on the author's purpose. Also included is a set of writing assignment suggestions, which could use more detail.
Baseball and statistics go hand-in-hand and knowing how to interpret, compare, and display this information is a key skill for any middle schooler. Using two sets of data, have young statisticians answer questions by constructing and comparing different representations of the data especially lineplots (dotplots),  stemplots (including back-to-back stemplots) five number summaries, and boxplots. 
Connect fractions to the journey the Navajo took to Jemez Pueblo for the feast of San Diego. In a multi-step lesson plan, your geographers will measure the distance traveled on a map and use that information for a series of questions requiring different operations with fractions. Learners will calculate the duration of the trip and break down the day into a table with different segments of travel and resting.  There are many opportunities for a class discussion or small group work. 
While building rollercoaster tracks for marbles is definitely age-appropriate for middle schoolers, the calculations on the lab sheets for this lesson are above most of them. Physics fledglings measure the potential energy at the beginning of a track, the kinetic energy at its end, and the amount lost to friction along the way. From these values, they calculate the height that a loop can be inserted and still have the marble make it from beginning to end. Hold on to your hats, because it's sure to be a rolicking time!
Well, shiver me timbers! Biology pupils practice using the Hardy-Weinberg principle for computing change in gene frequency within a fictional population of pirates. The genetic trait being analyzed is the presence of sea legs, legs that prevent them from falling over when the ship is tossing. A combination of math and science makes this a handsome treasure to increase the value of your genetics unit!
Using lab carts, physics minors plan and construct bumpers to minimize their impact against fixed wooden blocks. 
Solid, liquid, or gas? Or all three? Young chemists make observations of dry ice and measure the pressure associated with its triple point. Pre-lab exercises include drawing Lewis structures and explaining bonding theories. An observation table and detailed procedures for measuring pressure are provided, along with analysis and conclusion questions. If you are planning on spending any time on sublimation with your chemistry class, this resource will be a strong supplement.
Designed for an advanced placement class, this resource requires class members to assess President Kennedy's dedication to civil rights through reading, discussion, and writing. Provided with a set of eight primary and secondary sources, pupils must read and examine individually before working in small groups to prepare an argument and debate. After the debate, one hour is allotted for a timed writing and self-assessment. All necessary materials are included except a rubric.
If you are planning on working on a research paper in your class, take a look at this resource first. Starting off with information about plagiarism, the series of activities briefly described here should give your pupils a general idea of how to write a research paper. While the bulk of the resource is an overview of activities and does not include much detail, there are quite a few useful links to help enrich the lesson.
Model for your young writers how to add commentary to an expository essay, commentary that analyzes how authors use literary devices to create meaning or to develop a theme. Individuals are asked to revise paragraphs drawn from a student essay on N. Scott Momaday’s “Riding Is an Exercise of the Mind,” adding information as directed.
Let your pupils judge whether or not the Electoral College should be eliminated. They can develop their opinions with the materials provided and activity described here. First, split your class into three groups: pro, con, and judge. After they complete research within these groups, they will move to groups of three with evenly distributed roles. A debate follows. To reflect on the activity, class members compose an essay to be graded with an advanced placement rubric.
A four-page assignment contains 28 stereochemistry problems for your advanced placement chemists. Topics addressed include asymmetric carbons, enantiomers and diastereomers, meso compounds,and  chiral and achiral molecules. The molecules are neatly formatted, and the worksheet provides well-rounded practice. Assign this as homework for review before an assessment.
Meet Keefy the Clown, a man afflicted with the mental illness, schizophrenia. The short film reveals that scientists are narrowing down genetic markers for this heartbreaking disease. After viewing, biology learners take on a very challenging activity in which they read a pedigree chart and connect the information to puzzles representing the genetic makeup of persons in the family. They systematically rule out puzzle pieces to identify the one responsible for a fictitious disease. This would be an enriching exercise for your advanced placement biology classes! 
The parts of HIV are pointed out while the steps of the virus to overtake a cell are listed. Highly scientific terms make this resource appropriate for an advanced placement or college level biology course.
This document acts as a scrollable presentation, 57 slides long, on the integumentary system. It begins by differentiating the three types of tissue, then explains specialized cells and closely examines the layers of the epidermis and dermis. This richly detailed presentation is a must-have for your advanced placement biologists or college courses.
To prepare for an informed discussion of whether or not public schools should include a vocational track, class members read an annotated academic text, examine a fact sheet, and develop a script for an interview. Pairs craft the script in such a way that each response challenges or builds on something in the previous statement. A sample script is included as a model for the skill-building activity. The activity builds on the previous lesson on how to craft and respond to challenges.
Some Spanish learners believe the subjunctive is frightening. Help eradicate that fear by going into depth on when to use the present subjunctive. There are many different situations in which the subjunctive is used described here. You can create a reference page from the At a Glance page, use the presentation, or flip your classroom and have pupils access the information from home; the choice is yours how to use the different options provided in this resource.
Crick and Watson connected the dots to reveal the structure of the DNA molecule. The double helix is set up to duplicate itself. Cancer is a chemical flaw in DNA, so researchers are beginning to understand such diseases and hopefully develop solutions. This resource would be a relevant introduction to your unit on DNA and heredity. It may be most stimulating to an advanced placement level biology class.