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Students explore ways in which artistic expression has been used to promote awareness of AIDS. They create their own designs to promote awareness of a social, political, or economic issue of importance to their age group and community.
Students examine ways to confront and stop bullies. They develop a list of synonyms for bully, read and discuss an article, take a survey, write and read a reader's theater script in small groups, and draft a school anti-bullying policy.
Students explore the topic of drug abuse. For this health journalism lesson, students read the USA Today article titled "Bush Plans Hit on Drub Abuse," respond to discussion questions regarding the article, and complete an activity based on the content of the article.
What makes an argument effective and moving? Emerging writers learn types of fallacies including rhetorical, emotional, ethical, and logical. Terms are defined and broken down into specific problems associated with each type of fallacy. Examples are included, but 35 slides of text with no engaging visuals is a tough sell. 
Students practice ways to resolve conflict by using new vocabulary. Students participate in a role-play activity to simulate how they would resolve conflict after studying new vocabulary terms including: communicate, mediate, confrontation, peacekeeper, negotiate, avoidance, diffusion and conflict. After the simulation, students use the new vocabulary terms in a paragraph.
Students research on the Web and in magazines and newspapers the national situation with bullies in grade schools and junior high/middle schools. Students develop methods to evaluate how successful your program is. Perhaps follow-up focus groups or interviews with school teachers and administrators could be one method.
Students review their prior knowledge of Keith Haring figures. Using one pose they saw from the previous lesson, they draw it on a life-sized piece of paper. They change the shape of the figure and incorporate the proper machine parts. They paint and share their drawings with the class.
Middle schoolers outline the action in their narrative writing assignments by brainstorming about conflict. In this conflict analysis lesson, students define conflict and discuss the different types of conflict. Middle schoolers brainstorm about a conflict that has occurred to them and categorize it. Students free-write about conflicts and write a 5 paragraph journal entry that deals with conflict.
Students examine the history of desegregation in Wisconsin's schools. They imagine they are the administrator for the Milwaukee Public Schools and recommend what course of action they would take based on readings and current surveys.
Tenth graders examine how heroic behavior is done by average people who stay true to their beliefs. They investigate how discrimination can be prevented.
Students are introduced to four strategies of context clues. While reading, they use all four strategies in different sections of the reading to determine the meaning of words they are unfamiliar with. To end the lesson, they share new words they have identified.
Students develop plans to provide help for others. In this service learning project, students react to news regarding crises by following the Six Basic Steps of an Action Plan and developing a project to come to the aid of others.
Students follow a six step plan to create a civic action project. For this civics lesson, students create their own project based on interest and implement it to improve the school or local community. Goal setting and monitoring are included for students to self-assess. Project samples include creating a school garden and a diversity club.
Students investigate hate crime legislation. In this hate crime lesson, students examine the St. Paul city ordinance that outlawed hate crimes. Students explore the fine between hate crime legislation and First Amendment rights.

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