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Traffic is a very real concern for any Urban dweller. After watching a video showing various traffic issues and solutions, learners group up to discuss and develop innovative traffic solutions of their own. They explore vocabulary and create a brochure describing their solution.
Is there a difference between hunger and malnutrtion? Is this a problem only in third world countries? How does hunger and malnutrition affect the community? Why do these problems exist when the world produces enough food to feed everyone? These questions cetainly provide some food for thought. Are there any solutions to the problems of hunger and malnutrition at the local level or at the global level? Use this lesson plan to stimulate poignant discussion.
Due to vandalism, war, and urban decay, many of the world's great monuments have fallen to ruin. Here is an interesting lesson that increases understanding of the dichotomy between what are intended as lasting tributes, and their unfortunate impermanence. To achieve this, class members analyze four modern art pieces that express the concept. For homework, they sketch the discarded items they see in their neighborhood and design an assemblage piece. Great cross curricular lesson!
Walt Whitman was a composter? Certainly the cycle of life and death he describes in "Leaves of Grass" parallels the processes going on in a compose pile. The interdisciplinary approach detailed here could be used to foster a deeper understanding of Whitman's poem and/or to spark awareness of environmental issues. The referenced article and reflection questions, although not included, are readily available on the Internet.
Learners 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. Learners 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.
Did you know that there were prisoner of war camps in Louisiana? Did you know that there were Japanese relocation camps in California? Class members work in groups to research a variety of topics related to World War II and then present their findings to the class. Although the primary and secondary resources referenced are from the LOUISiana Digital Library, the necessary materials for this very detailed activity are readily available on the Internet.
Ninth graders explore contemporary Korea, as well as pre-war Korea. They do this by reading One Thousand Chestnut Trees. After reading, they participate in classroom discussions about excerpts from the novel. They also research historical and cultural topics related to the novel.
Art is a versatile forum for building speaking skills. Learners are introduced to contemporary skate culture. They develop visual, writing, listening, and speaking skills through looking at, creating and talking about artwork. A great way to build content specific language.
Rich with primary sources and additional resources, this plan asks class members to think critically about newspaper coverage of the Holocaust. Focusing in particular on the analysis of the article "150th Anniversary: 1851-2001: Turning Away From the Holocaust" by Max Frankel, learners evaluate the role of journalism in the Holocaust and World War II. The plan calls for a class discussion; create your own writing project to wrap up the activity.