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Upper graders critically examine the history and process of amending the U.S. Constitution in light of the current issue facing the courts on legalizing gay marriage. They read a variety of articles, watch news clips, and develop a position to discuss with the class. All necessary materials are included. The topic of gay marriage may not be appropriate for all learners to discuss, however this lesson is only using the topic to build an understanding of the Amendment process.
Students explore storytelling by reading a book with their class. In this Christmas holiday activity, students read the book The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree and discuss the era of the book, specifically World War I. Students answer questions about the book on a reading comprehension worksheet.
Each of the slides in this presentation provide learners with an image found at a northwestern art museum and a critical analysis of what can be seen in each piece. Learners can view this prior to a museum trip in order to build informational reading skills, or to better understand how art can be analyzed. A vocabulary list is included.
Exposing younger students to fine art enriches their learning experience and opens them up to a different mode of self-expression. Elmo and Zoe attend and narrate a ballet at the Dance Theater of Harlem. Show your class a similar ballet and ask them guiding questions to see how they interpret what they see. This is a good way to build critical analysis skills.
Your class can build strong, well-represented opinions about the music they hear. They listen to, and share thoughts about, a piece of classical music. Then they write a piece of music or a poem, and analyze their peers' work and their own creative processes. Extra web links, interdisciplinary connections, and extension activities are all included.