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The Legacy of the Warren Court
Students examine the major decisions by the Supreme Court when Warren was the Chief Justice. In groups, they research the life and other works of Earl Warren and discuss how ones background can influence decisions. They also examine the two cases of Brown v. Board of Education and those cases affecting criminal procedures.
Right on Time!
Students read portions of biographies about human rights activists before participating in a jigsaw activity in which they report out on what they read. They made a timeline of one of the human rights activist's lives. They write a newspaper article from the point of view of the person they researched.
An Issue of Loyalty: Exploring the Treatment of Japanese Americans During World War II
Students consider the meaning of loyalty. They explore the history of Japanese in the United States. and consider the meaning of citizenship. They create a presentation for the class. It can be a poster, Power Point or other computer-generated presentation.
One Survivor Remembers: Anti-Semitism
Learners analyze and discuss how propaganda influenced anti-Semitism and it's role in World War II. In this propaganda lesson, students define the terms involved in this assignment. Then they will discuss their reactions to a film and other course related materials and identify the uses of propaganda in furthering anti-Semitic views. After their assignment they will identify propaganda in the media today.
Probability of an event Occurring
For this probability worksheet, 11th graders calculate what the probability of the color of shirt someone is wearing is. There is a solution key with this problem.
The Kennedy Years
Eighth graders read text and view films about the Kennedy administration. In this preseidential administration activity, 8th graders interview someone who lived during Sputnik, write summaries of lectures, and create posters demonstrating the effects of the Kennedy administration on U.S. politics
Manufacture of Ground Beef
Tenth graders examine how ground beef is processed. In this process and manufacturing lesson, 10th graders recognize control points during beef processing. They will identify the proper temperature during ground beef processing and safe handling procedures.
Learners learn about discrimination and the Jim Crow laws. In this discrimination instructional activity, students are presented with new classroom rules that discriminate against certain types of clothing. Learners discuss the effects of the new rules and then read a book about Jim Crow laws.
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Lesson: Immigration
Many of your class members will have heard of Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese internment camps of World War II. Some may even recognize the terms “Issei” and “Nisei,” but few will have heard of Enemy Alien Hearing Boards, of the Asian Exclusion Act of 1924, and of the anti-Japanese “The Horrors of War,” bubble –gum cards. A link to the Smithsonian website, “A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution” provides learners with extraordinary images and audio interviews recounting the removal of over 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps. The second in a series of lessons introduced by "A Fence Away From Freedom," rather than following the three-day plan offered here, consider expanding the exercise and assigning different segments of the presentation to groups and having them prepare a presentation for the class. The final discussion could center on the legal and moral implications of these actions.
Exploring Medical Issues
High schoolers research the benefits and disadvantages of medical practices. In this Current Events: Medicine & Society lesson plan, students create arguments and debate medical innovations. High schoolers engage in critical thinking and democratic debate to discuss issues.
Quadratic Functions and Inequalities
In this solving quadratic equations and inequalities activity, students solve 14 multiple choice problems. Students find the axis of symmetry and roots of quadratic equations. Students solve quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, graphing, and the square root property.
Teaching the Holy Grail of ESL: Accent Reduction
The difficulties a teacher and student may face as a result of an accent, and the methodologies to change it.
Prisoner in One's Own Home
Examine the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. After reading an article from the New York Times and exploring the author's word choice, young readers find the central idea in the text and work on researching additional information. Use copies of contemporary political posters (included) to deepen your lesson.
Students explore tough questions in a fishbowl discussion about the economic and social barriers to playing certain sports. They synthesize their knowledge by writing dialogues illustrating some of the barriers some famous athletes might have faced.
Working it Out
Students create mind maps to explore appropriate relationships between employees and managers in various businesses. Then, they work with partners to write and perform role-plays that teach employees how to confront bullying bosses.
Up, Up and Away: How and Why Conflict Escalates
Seventh graders produce a "Conflict Escalator" plot learning tool to demonstrate how conflict escalates. They apply this tool to Apartheid conflicts in South Africa. They research via the internet after reading conflict case studies.
Complete a unit of lessons on hearing and sound. Learners conduct sound experiments, research the history of the telephone and scientific contributions of Alexander Graham Bell, and create a model of the human ear.
Anne Frank: Critical Thinking
Students read a story by James Clavell about propaganda and they discuss how it was used in the story. In groups, they decide what they would do if faced with certain situations.
Students listen to clips from Congressional Moments radio programs to examine role government plays in our lives, and discuss role of citizens in a representative democracy.
Children in the Fields
Fourth graders research Hispanic child labor in California's agricultural period. They create dioramas reflecting the lives of migrant farm workers and political cartoons as produce crate labels, They illustrate farm scenes and hold a gallery tour.