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What If? A World Without Code - DNA
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.
9 mins 8th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
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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.
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
Understanding Shakespeare: "When Icicles Hang By the Wall"
“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.
7th - 12th Language Arts 76 Views 168 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Annotation and Analysis of Author's Purpose
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text. Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and annotate the rest of the passage.
6th - 10th Language Arts 214 Views 531 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Putting It All Together: From Awareness of Mood to Analysis of Tone
Stephen Vincent Benet’s, “By the Waters of Babylon,” offers learners a chance to examine the difference between mood and tone. After a close reading of an excerpt from the short story, the class lists the diction and imagery that builds the sense of foreboding.
6th - 10th Language Arts 161 Views 372 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt.
8th Language Arts 58 Views 259 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Direct and Indirect Characterization: A Tale of Two Cities --Mr. Lorry
“Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waistcoat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.” Dickens’ diction and syntax can cause readers, even those familiar with 19th Century prose, to stumble.
9th Language Arts 18 Views 43 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Active and Passive Voice
Show your high school and junior high learners the importance of active and passive voice in writing, and let them get their hands dirty with the provided practice questions. Although the lesson says that the active voice is preferred, it does support that the passive voice is effective for creating specific effect in writing.
9th - 10th Language Arts 95 Views 173 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Brainstorming Ideas and Determining Your Position for a Persuasive Essay
Meat eater or vegetarian? Here’s a series of activities that prepare writers for crafting a persuasive essay. Using the included worksheets, the class works together to craft arguments for and against eating meat. They discuss issues (economics, personal freedoms, safety, personal beliefs, environmental impact) and brainstorm support that could be used for either position.
6th - 10th Language Arts 122 Views 269 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Putting It All Together: Tone Analysis
Ever wonder if your ELA lessons are hitting all of Bloom's levels? Here are eight pages of close reading questions that gradually build from the lowest to the highest levels of Bloom's taxonomy. This particular lesson focuses on a short selection of Edgar Allen Poe's infamous short story "The Tell Tale Heart," but reviewing this resource may help you in crafting close reading assignments for any text your class may be reading.
6th - 10th Language Arts 136 Views 470 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Poetry: "love is a place" by E. E. Cummings
Show your class how to read, and analyze poetry through the rules of grammar as you explore “love is a place” by E.E. Cummings. Some might consider this plan overbearing and beating poetry to death, which might be true, if you do all of the activities.
6th - 10th Language Arts 205 Views 383 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Standards and Measures
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.
6th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 27 Downloads
The Waterfront Debate
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.
10th Language Arts 4 Views 8 Downloads
Mapping Your Identity: A Back-To-School Ice Breaker
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.
3rd - 12th Language Arts 160 Views 671 Downloads
An Economic SIM-ulus Package
Students examine economic policy. In this Economics lesson, students learn about the structure of the Federal Reserve System and the functioning of the Federal Open Market Committee. The four-lesson unit consists of simulations and internet research designed to have students take on the roles of participants in a FOMC meeting.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 16 Views 63 Downloads
Vasarely Was A Colorful Fellow
Eighth graders create artwork inspired by the work of Victor Vasarely. In this op art instructional activity, 8th graders explore color theory and color mixing. Students create ten shapes to use in their artwork and over the course of two weeks, students mix colors and plan their artistic piece.
8th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 56 Downloads
Cross-Genre Lesson: Exploring a Thematic Idea of Informational and Literary Texts
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.
6th - 10th Language Arts 111 Views 205 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Solubility of Gases in Liquids
Students 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. Students investigate an ammonium fountain demonstration an interpret the phenomenon.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Odyssey Unit Materials
Created by Jim Burke, this packet contains several activities to borrow for your unit on The Odyssey. Lots of graphic organizers and strategically phrased questions require readers to ask questions, record textual evidence, and describe components of the text (character, plot, etc.
9th - 12th Language Arts 34 Views 117 Downloads
I'm Lovin' It: Finding Area Between Curves
Learners explore the concept of finding the area between two curves. In this finding the area between two curves lesson plan, students model the logos of McDonalds, Nike, and Motorola on grid paper. Learners find functions to represent the logos.
11th - Higher Ed Math 5 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Designed