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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 plan 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 plan, 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 lesson 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 plan, 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 instructional activity 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.
This is an excellent resource for teachers to use for incorporating the motion picture Glory into the classroom! Breaking down the film into particular noteworthy and telling scenes, the guide offers important considerations for each scene and the chance to facilitate discussion in your class with thought-provoking questions. 
“We the people . . .” Thus begins the Preamble to the Constitution. Using a close reading approach, class members examine an excerpt from Linda Monk’s article that traces how the interpretation of these words has evolved. Some of your kids may be surprised to learn that at one time women, Native Americans, and white males who did not own property were not thought of as part of “the people.” Reading, vocabulary, sentence syntax, discussion, and writing tasks are all delineated in the richly detailed plan. A teaching guide to the Constitution is also included.
Ever notice that, just after looking at an item online, that item shows up in an advertisement along the side of another webpage? That's because many companies track online data and use it to create targeted advertisements. Introduce your class to this concept and ask them to discuss online safety. Small groups analyze search results for two different people, looking in particular at the differences in their results. 
Work together as a class and get to know the ins and outs of World War II with this engaging collaborative project. Class members are broken into groups to research particular war topics, from life on the home front to the Holocaust and the Manhattan Project, and to then demonstrate their research in a creative way. This resource provides great guidelines for how to specifically approach and review each suggested project topic.
Here is a standard multiple-choice assessment on the Constitutional period of the United States. There are 28 questions on topics ranging from the influence of ideas on the Declaration of Independence, federalism, and the Preamble to the Articles of Confederation and the debate over ratification.
While the focus of this project is on comparing world religions, the guidelines of the resource could easily be utilized for a number of projects involving group work, presentation, and research. Groups must construct a PowerPoint presentation and script on a chosen religion, cover the seven dimensions of religion (experiential, mythic, ritual, etc.), and compile a list of key terms, concepts, and peoples in the religions.
Here is a set of wonderful activities that will offer young learners the chance to see how some prominent figures have taken action to ensure greater equality and fairness around the world. Given the context of the 2014 World Cup, the resource begins with an example of famous Brazilian soccer player Socrates, and then proceeds by reviewing the efforts and achievements of Gandhi, Malala Yousafzai, and Fahma Mohammed.

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