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Young scholars conduct research on a German anti-Nazi group named "Die Weisse Rose", the White Rose, that eventually lost their lives for their resistance to Nazi rule. They view films, access the Internet, prepare responsive narratives to the material and identify new structures and vocabulary they have encountered.
Here's a pretty comprehensive lesson on the polka. There is information on the origins of the polka and the history of Oktoberfest. There is even a list of how to count to ten in Polish, Czech, and German. Include or skip whatever you choose in presenting this lesson on the polka. The steps to performing the polka are written out and better yet, there is a video that shows a group of college students performing the dance.
Although the article that launches this lesson is about the history of the Periodic Table, the objective is reading comprehension. Using the eight-page informational text, learners answer five comprehension questions and craft one essay. They utilize text features such as headings and graphics to more efficiently move through the questions, and mark the text as they read to note important facts. This is also a great way to teach vocabulary in context and text features. The reading is not difficult or long.
High schoolers research the history of Immigration. In this World History lesson, students explore European immigration then specifically focus on ways African Immigration was different. High schoolers then divide into small groups and create a poster which depicts their findings.
Geographers study the six natural divisions of Arkansas on a relief map and its population diversity throughout history using the five themes of geography. They identify settlement patterns associated with the six natural divisions of Arkansas. This is a well-written lesson plan that comes with a list of historic reading material suggestions.
The history, context, and ramifications of the Vietnam War are the topics of this lecture, which details the roles of China, England, France, and the U.S. in the conflict. A timeline and map guide viewers through the events of the Vietnam War. They will be enthralled by the growing tension between North and South Vietnam, and the increasing political and military presence of the U.S. It also details the My Lai Massacre, which could prompt a class discussion on the ethics of battle.
After reading personal accounts and watching the video entitled, European Theater during WWII, learners write a letter. They use what they know about the Battle of the Bulge, WWII warfare, and the time period to compose a letter home in the voice of a soldier on either the American or German side of the war.
Examine the United States through the lens of intolerance using this 2-week unit plan, which includes details for 13 days of instruction. Scholars study examples of prejudiced behavior throughout history, discuss issues in groups, investigate genocide, analyze primary sources and legislative landmarks, and finally apply their knowledge to a study on the Holocaust. While texts are not included, all readings are named and some could be located on other sites. Discussion questions are strong.
Students choose three activities that demonstrate their knowledge of North Carolina history. In this North Carolina history lesson plan, students choose three activities from a tic-tac-toe sheet to complete. They research information, write a paragraph, and/or complete creative projects. They work with Native American history, pirates, folktales, and historical timelines.
Middle schoolers examine the history of the National parks. In groups, they discuss the concepts of conservation and preservation. They discuss the use of natural resources and how some are renewable and non-renewable. To end the lesson, they research the role of Gifford Pinchot and the Hetch Hetchy controversy and discuss with the class.