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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 the synthesizing begin as your learners trace and explore thematic ideas through informational and literary texts that concern Ramses II and the fall of Saddam Hussein. Learners begin by examining an encyclopedia article concerning Ramses and progress to “Ozymandias” by Shelly, and an article from National Geographic of the same topic but of a different tone. Readers compare the three texts and finalize the persona of Ramses. They also develop a theme from the three texts. Learners connect the themes through a photograph of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in a Bagdad city square. From that, they analyze hubris of the leaders.  Everyone in the class is challenged with argument and synthesis essays. 
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.
The discussion continues: Who started the Civil War? So why not get your intelligent learners involved. Readers use the account of Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow to begin their analysis of who started the war. Scholars are challenged to confirm or refute perspectives on the matter by using other accounts and opinions on who or what is to blame. They are assessed by their completion of “Perspectives on the Civil War” worksheet.   
If you want to challenge your US government class, this assignment requires them to identify a contemporary issue or event that reflects the four main principles of the Constitution (federalism, separation of powers, protection of individual freedoms, adaptability/flexibility). Working in pairs, groups conduct research to prepare for a presentation to the class. This is a great exercise to measure a deeper understanding of constitutional principles.
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.
Modify your pupils' skills in modifiers with the practice questions that assess the mastery of the many types of modifiers such as: adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, participial phrases, appositive phrases, infinitive phrases, absolute phrases, and adverb and adjective clauses. Add more questions to assess specific modifiers, or use this as a unit test for grammar.  
How does exercise affect blood pressure? With a blood pressure meter and a simple activity, kids will discover the answer, then discuss a few follow-up questions. In the procedure, one of the suggested activities has learners getting up and down on a chair, which could pose a safety risk; going with the jumping jacks option may be best. Additionally, be sure to find out if any pupils have asthma or other conditions which might make this activity difficult; those children could assist in blood pressure readings and record data for others.
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.
As your learners prepare for their next major economics assessment, or perhaps the daunting AP Economics test, these flashcards will be a great resource to have at their disposal! From fiscal policy to factor markets, this app offers hundreds of important key terms to review at their fingertips.
“When icicles hang on the wall” speech from Love’ Labor Lost provides class members with an opportunity to analyze figurative language. Groups identify the sensory appeals in the speech, both positive and negative, and then infer the speaker’s attitude toward winter. The instructional activity ends on “a merry note” as learners demonstrate their understanding of imagery by creating PowerPoint presentations to illustrate imagery in a poem or text. Richly detailed, the plan includes templates, discussion questions, and teaching suggestions.
Students conduct a "one-question interview" about standardized tests. They assess two sections of a standardized test that they took or will take this year and write an article for their school newspaper that consolidates their test assessments and all their interview data.
Tenth graders debate a resolution about a planned waterfront community from the point of view of various interest groups. They have a "Town Meeting" in which members from each interest group debate their researched opinions for points. They "become" the various interest groups and design a hands-on model of a waterfront community.
High schoolers observe demonstrations to show the solubility of gases in liquids. In this gases lesson, students discover the relationship between temperature and pressure to and how they affect the solubility of gases in liquids. High schoolers investigate an ammonium fountain demonstration an interpret the phenomenon.
Identify the unique personal attributes of your class members. Begin by viewing the Visual Thesaurus and discussing displayed attributes associated with famous American leaders. Using these identity maps as models, pupils generate nouns and adjectives that describe themselves. They use these words to create a personal identity map to share with their classmates. Consider extending this instructional activity by having each learner write a haiku about themselves.