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Students explore the traditions related to the creation of national currencies. The role currency plays in shaping a national or regional identity and the influences that the designers of world currency exert are examined in this lesson.
Ninth graders identify and explain the six major causes of World War I. They explore the events leading up to WWI, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and why they were the culmination of everything. Students discuss the characteristics of a "just war," if they believe there is such a thing, and relate them to WWI.
Students analyze the events leading to U.S. entry into World War I. They read a speech by President Wilson and an opposition speech, list the reasons each gives for American entry into the war, and complete a Venn diagram.
Learners recognize the different climatic zones. They describe what aspects differentiate the climatic zones. Students offer explanations as to what climate is and the role that it plays on creating regions. They rationalize why the different climatic zones are different.
Students examine world history by writing an essay in class. In this World War II instructional activity, students identify the attack on Pearl Harbor, the response from the U.S and the effect it had on Japanese-Americans. Students define Japanese internment and write a five paragraph essay regarding the situation.
Tenth graders investigate current events using the medium of art to communicate objectives to the viewer. They make a media collage from picking contemporary issues from news resources for images to be put together in a creative format.
Students explore the decision to allow African Americans enlist in the military. In teams of three to four, students debate allowing Muslim Americans to enlist in the war. Students not participating in the debate serve as legislatures. Votes on the debate are tallied and graphed. Afterwards, students discuss changes in the military as a result of World War I. They compare and contrast the military of World War I to the military of today.
Students employ primary resources to investigate the rise and decline of a canteen in World War II. The significance of volunteerism and the use of the railroad for troop transportation are examined.
Students study some of the background, motivation, and philosophy that shapes political strategies proposed by world leaders to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They determine that there is a complexity of issues and viewpoints to be considered.
Students explore protest songs. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students examine issues-based music by summarizing lyrics and revealing inferences, generalizations, conclusions, and points of view found in the songs.
Students discover details about Makah Whaling. In this contemporary issues lesson, students research Internet and print resources about Makah whaling and write essays about their impressions of the practice by the Makah people.
Students study specific terms and concepts about the discovery of America. They improve their history knowledge about some Latin American regions and their map and geography skills of the New World. They describe what is meant by Cultural Pluralism.
Fifth graders investigate the origins of foods they eat while they consider social justice issues. In this food sources lesson, 5th graders play a game and then research food distribution, food security, and hunger in the world today. Students present their findings to their peers.
Students explore the final events and end of World War II. They examine the community impact of such events as the dropping of the dropping of atomic bombs, and President Roosevelt's death. Students prepare a presentation.
Ninth graders explore the main events, key people, outcomes and lasting effects of World War I. They research the lasting effects of World War I on the 20th Century and discuss the Treaty of Versailles and its effects on Germany.
Students consult online resources to identify and map the world's largest cities and metropolitan areas. They analyze birth rates, settlement patterns and other demographic data and make predictions for the future. They write essays regarding these predictions.
Students investigate spice trade. In this world history lesson, students identify various spices in jars and their places of origin. Students listen to a lecture on how spices came to countries in Europe. Students complete a source analysis worksheet.
Middle schoolers research the orgins and early events of World War II using online and off line resources. They conduct an interview with a local World War II veteral and present their findings to the class.
Tenth graders examine World War I. In this Conflict lesson, 10th graders create a chart that describes the causes and effects of WWI. Students discuss their findings with the class.
Students identify misconceptions of third world countries. They examine other ways to judge a country's progress. They also discuss the difference between developed and third world countries.