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Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed groups to create posters that represent the similarities and differences between the articles. After presenting their work, class members get to work outlining and writing an essay on the same topic.
Gay marriage is the topic for a structured, academic controversy discussion. The process begins with groups reading primary source documents and recording their responses to text-based questions on the provided graphic organizer. Participants are then assigned a side, either for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or against DOMA, and in groups of four (two for and two against) present their arguments. As a conclusion, individuals then craft an essay presenting their own stance on the question. Be sure to investigate your school's policy on using "R" rated films in the classroom, and discussing topics of sexuality before using this resource with your classes.
Your young historians will analyze several primary source documents regarding the Holocaust and then incorporate the information they have gathered into an essay on the treatment of Jews and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Using an engaging analogy regarding who decides what food should be served in cafeterias, your learners will discover how interest groups work to persuade policy makers and advocate for the needs of their groups. Topics covered in the reading material include how interest groups influence government, lobby for support, endorse candidates, and raise money through political action committees (PACs). 
After comparing and contrasting non-violent and violent social movements, your young historians will take a closer look at the work and influence of John Lewis on the civil rights movement. They will then choose a current social justice movement to study and present to the class using a variety of creative options.
The legality of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II is the topic of an extended controversial issue discussion. After examining a series of primary and secondary source materials, teams of four, two who argue the internment was constitutional, two who argue it was not constitutional, present evidence to support their point of view. Teams are then encouraged to reach a consensus, post their position, and cite evidence to support their stance. The exercise ends with individual reflections.
This is a fantastic resource designed for learners to envision what it was like for the three million African-Americans who migrated to urban industrial centers of the northern United States between 1910 and 1940. After reading a fictional interview detailing one family's unique experience of uprooting themselves for a better life, class members brainstorm what type of questions might have been asked in the interview. Then, after reading and learning more about the migrants' experiences as a whole, your young historians will interview someone they personally know who moved to their community as an adult and will then compose a short writing piece based on the interview.
Kick-start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative timeline activity, your class members will break into groups and read and research the biographical and historical information of such noteworthy figures as Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the influence of their religious beliefs on their activism and their contributions to society. They will then arrange themselves into chronological order according to the accomplishments of the figures they researched and peer-teach their group's findings to their classmates.
The ability to analyze an argument is a skill emphasized by the Common Core standards. Offer your class an opportunity to develop and hone their skills by providing them the testimonies in an Oregon court case. After reading the facts of the situation, high schoolers examine the statements of the accused and the arresting officer. Individuals then adopt the point of view of the police chief, a liberal civil rights leader, a defense psychologist, or the prosecution psychologist, and development an argument that supports an interpretation of the evidence from this point of view.

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For many children around the world, food scarcity is a painful reality of daily life. Help young scholars understand the seriousness of this global issue with with a reading of the book The Good Garden. After discussing food security and completing a related worksheet, students conclude the lesson by writing and illustrating alternate endings to the story. Addressing a number of topics in social studies, science, math, and language arts, this cross-curricular lesson can really make for a rich learning experience in the upper elementary and middle school grade levels.
Here is a mid-unit assessment for a group of lessons studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The first half of this lesson calls for several forms of review. Your class will review the content of the UDHR text by pair sharing their note-catcher, they will review the concept of human rights through a whole-class discussion, and they will review key vocabulary by creating tableaus or visual representations of words. For the second half of the lesson, students will complete a quiz consisting of seven multiple choice questions and one longer free-response question. The focus of this assessment is vocabulary. Note: To find the whole group of lessons, refer to the additional materials section. 
The eighth instructional activity in this series continues the focus on vocabulary and increasing young readers' awareness of academic language. Pairs of learners participate in a short vocabulary review activity called Interactive Words in which they explore the relationships between words from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) text. Then your class will compare a simple language version of the UDHR with the original text. Through discussion and writing, students should think about how the simple language version may be useful, as well as what is lost from the original version. 
Lesson 10 in a series of human rights lessons focuses on the skills of finding evidence and summarizing. Your young readers work to compare the two texts they have read in this unit: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and “Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote”. Groups start by nicknaming articles from the UDHR with names like "right to marry" or "right to vote". After reviewing and summarizing the UDHR articles with nicknames, groups will work to match these various rights with instances in “Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote”. To wrap-up the lesson, individuals will write a short opinion piece on rights that were upheld or violated using the firsthand account as evidence. Note: See the additional materials to find an index for all of these lessons. 
Pair the famous poems "I Hear America Singing," by Walt Whitman, and "I, Too, Sing America," by Langston Hughes, with a more recent poem by Elizabeth Alexander called "Praise Song for the Day" to demonstrate a theme and introduce your class to free verse poetry. But before that, ask your class to watch people at work and note down observations. These observations will be the basis for their own poem along a similar vein as the poems they will read and discuss in small groups and as a class.
Make connections between Esperanza Rising and human rights with the activities outlined here. The lesson starts out with a brief quiz and review of the novel. After that, pupils circulate and share quote strips that you give to them. The goal is to match quotes from the novel with quotes about human rights. Class members will also learn what a strike is and connect that knowledge to the novel by completing a note-catcher and discussing the text. All materials are included in an engaging Common Core designed lesson.
Get some eight-armed craziness going in class as your learners explore the fact and myth about octopi with non-fiction sources. Pupils are challenged to create questions from their reading using Blooms Taxonomy, identify main ideas and details, create a Venn diagram for the monster of the sea, and use technology for research. The instructor needs to provide the readings, but the source is listed in the materials sections of the plan. This could be easily modified for a research project, or used as a creative writing assignment.  
Can survival rates on the Titanic be explained by the "women and children first" policy or did rescue procedures favor the wealthy? Use actual historical data to explore conditional probability and independent events with your class.  Activity can be done independently or in groups. A great opportunity to incorporate a little history into your math lesson. Part of a series of probability worksheets using Titanic data, but can be used independently.
Delight your beginning blueberry counters with this engaging addition activity. Number sentences are affixed onto pails and learners place the sums into each pail. Also, working in pairs, they investigate estimation and subtraction by determining the difference between one partner's estimate, and the other partner's actual count. Two more blueberry counting activities further help your class to model counting, addition, and subtraction. This lesson plan is fresh!
The language of the Constitution can feel quite ominous to young learners, but there are a variety of strategies you can utilize to help your class grasp the important concepts and ideals in our nation's founding document. This lesson plan takes you and your readers step-by-step through a close reading of a secondary source analyzing the phrase "We the People" in the Constitution's Preamble.
Your class won't be able to resist this lesson on the path of least resistance, or rather, on conductors and insulators. Using two types of modeling dough, one that conducts and one that insulates, young electrical engineers construct circuits in order to become more acquainted with these properties. This resource is well-written, meets many national educational standards, and comes with prepared handouts to give to your class.

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