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Students trace the rites of passage from the 1940's through the present in literature. They review some of their favorite expressions first and compare some of Holden's speech with their own. They discuss initial reactions to the book and the similarities or differences between Holden and self?
Seventh graders research Supreme Court cases. They formally debate court rulings, write a scenario portraying a possible futuristic America and participate in a field practicum for media production, while evaluating various social, economic and racial conflicts that exist among America's ethnic groups.
Students examine the communities in transition in New Haven, Connecticut. In groups, they create a timeline of the important events of Newhallville and research the city's industries and immigrant populations. They compare and contrast the problems in the town from today and in the past. To end the lesson, they discover how various immigrants and cultures influenced the town.
Students examine selected local leaves in greater detail in the classroom by using more analytical drawing techniques. They use Thoreau's drawing of a Scarlett Oak as their model. Students choose a leave from a box of leaves removed from trees around Arlington High School grounds.
Students discover how Gross Domestic Product measures economic activity by examining each word's meaning separately and then reassembling it into a cohesive definition. They also describe the equation for determining the GDP. Finally, they assess a list of items to decide under which component it should be included in the Gross Domestic Product.
Students examine the Gross Domestic Product during the first quarter of 2002. Using the data, they identify factors that might have caused the rate to increase by 5.6 percent. They discuss why changes in the GDP are important to the economy as a whole and the issues surrounding new data announcements.