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What is a mother's role in American society? According to an article in a 1845 newspaper, to the mother falls the job of daily, hourly "weeding her little garden--of eradicating these odious productions (like vice, fraud, idleness) and planting the human with the lily, the rose, and the amaranth, that fadeless flower, emblem of truth." Middle schoolers examine this and other primary source documents that detail expectations of mothers during the time period. Groups then compare these descriptions to the role as it is perceived today. The richly detailed packet includes numerous activities, links to resources, and discussion questions.
Use a fun and creative activity to introduce junior high learners to how writing changes for different audiences and purposes. The activity begins with a reading by the instructor where teens visualize a food fight in the cafeteria. In groups, they have to come up with a creative response to a provided prompt that addresses the situation read to them. They discuss the difference in language, voice, tone, and selected information provided to the principal, parents, and a friend. Strategies for differentiation are available.
Fourth and fifth graders define the term media literacy, then come up with examples that they share with the class. The types of media studied are auditory, visual, and written. Learners get together in pairs and perform a media scavenger hunt. They search the Internet and library sources to find the examples they want to share. The worksheet that goes along with this exercise is filled out by the kids, and it has them list the author, the format, the audience it's intended for, the content, and the purpose of the message. An excellent lesson on media literacy for your upper graders.
The cell phone you're using is making you deaf: news at 11:00. Oftentimes, the media uses fear tactics and other techniques to increase its audience base. In an intriguing look at the difference between scientific journals and journalism, high school or college biologists jigsaw four mainstream media articles and read one journal article about the link between cell phones and tumors, then discuss several analysis questions in groups. In addition to learning about possible media bias, the lesson plan is excellent for developing real-world science connections and making it relevant to our learners' lives.
Build the writing skills of your junior high wordsmiths with activities that introduce many essential skills of writing. As a class, they develop working definitions of formal vs. informal writing, explore different categories of writing, and practice the lesson with the provided prompts. They also identify mood and tone in their classmates' writing examples. Although designed for one class period, this lesson could be done over two or three periods for greater understanding.
Hip Hop? Country? Punk? R and B? So many styles. Young song writers consider the emotional effects of various style options before selecting the style best suited to the emotions they want to express in their song. The sixth in a nine-lesson series uses Elisa Victoria's "No Surprise" as a guided practice exercise.
Use this packet of materials to support your pupils as they plan and build websites. The resource includes a variety of materials, including a page of project options, several checklists, planning and brainstorm pages for content and design, peer review sheets, and an evaluation form. There are no actual instructions or directions on how to create a website; however, these are excellent supporting materials.
Elementary schoolers are charged with writing an article for their peers. A class discussion yields topics about which learners consider themselves to be an expert. The teacher models how to construct an article by using facts he or she has written down on index cards about something they are an expert about. The cards are organized in an understandable fashion, and the process of writing the article begins. This kind of expository writing is very important to include in your teaching year, and the lesson outlined here will provide your pupils with a good opportunity for writing.
Here is a collection of readings to be discussed in the science classroom. This one is in the form of a dialog between two boys in an amusement park, talking about the forces involved in a Graviton ride. Questions are listed at the bottom of the handout to guide the discussion. Use this as an enrichment to your curriculum when teaching vectors, linear, and circular motion.
How has Magic Johnson managed to stay so healthy, despite being HIV-positive for over 20 years? If you have ever taught about HIV and AIDS, you have most likely been asked such a question. By examining a case study and role-playing as different interested parties, your upper-level biologists will examine various sides in a fascinating example of a successful treatment of HIV.
Communication is one of the most important aspects of science. In a two-day activity, your high school or college-level biologists will read excerpts from a fictional diary of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, the woman who discovered the first living coelacanth in 1938. After reading each entry, learners work together to put themselves in her shoes to figure out how she should proceed and why her discovery was important. There are some pictures that go along with the lesson, which you could either print in color and laminate to reuse, or simply project them for the whole class to see.
Which factor was more influential in the 1918 flu epidemic: biology, or social and political conditions? Your AP biology class will research and debate one of these positions in an interesting and challenging lesson plan. Intended for upper-level high school or college biology courses, the reading is quite complex and may be a bit dense for a regular biology class; however, if your learners are strong readers, allowing them to think deeply about multiple aspects of an epidemic is a great way to encourage synthesis and analysis in your scholars.
Can different personal experiences affect our genes? Find out in an intriguing case study about one twin who is diagnosed with mental illness and her identical twin who fears she may suffer the same fate. Designed for college-level biology or genetics, the first few pages could definitely be used in a regular high school biology class while examining heredity. An AP class could delve even deeper into the DNA aspect of the lesson plan, making the activity one that could be easily differentiated. There are references in the teacher notes to an answer key, but it is pasword protected; it should not, however, prevent you from being able to use the case study and accompanying activities in your classroom.
Learn about the human's ancestors through the (carbon) Dating Game. Use the script to have your high schoolers act out one round of the game. Once they have the idea, they will research another human ancestor and play a second round the following day. A very fun way to learn cooperatively, as well as to incorporate research into your science class.
When it comes to science and medicine, ethics should always be a primary consideration; unfortunately, that has not always been the case. There are countless examples throughout history of questionable medical practices, marginalized ethnic groups being used for hideous experimentation, and even well-meaning doctors performing ongoing studies on patients without their knowledge or consent. The Tuskegee case described herein falls in the latter category, but still contains a wealth of racial, ethical, and moral dilemmas for your upper-level high schoolers to examine and debate. The lesson plan is recommended for more mature learners because, in addition to the aforementioned issues, the case study is about syphilis and also contains a lengthy and dense reading.
Here is a really fun way to teach historical fiction and research at the same time. The class researches the life of Annie Sullivan and then uses facts from her life to create a historical fiction where they are time travelers going back to the turn of the century. The neat thing about the lesson is that it was written for a class with both general and special education students. The teacher reflection and accommodations provided may help you address children with special needs in your own classroom.
A lesson on decoding skills is here for you. In it, young readers work hard to learn all of their consonant and vowel sounds and how to manipulate those sounds to read different words. The lesson may have been written by a speech teacher, because the techniques presented are very specific to that type of training. Shaving cream, colored markers, and attention to the shape of the mouth and vibrations in the throat are all utilized. A valuable lesson for any teacher who needs to help their struggling readers.
Kindergartners and their fourth grade buddies work together to write and publish a book! This project will take several sessions to complete, but what a nice idea! The big buddies help the little buddies to word process their stories, and to use computer-generated graphics for cover illustrations, and illustrations within the story itself. After all of the buddy pairs have their books completed, a story-sharing celebration is held where each of the books is read aloud.
This is a high-quality plan for exploring the role of African Americans in the Civil War with your class. It includes background information, step-by-step instructions for discussion and investigation, worksheets, and a final project. The complete package! Though the resource states it should only take one day, plus some time to complete the project, you may plan for additional days given the depth of the lesson.
Politics without Principle. Wealth without Work. Mohandas Gandhi’s "Seven Deadly Social Sins" provides the text for a research-based, persuasive essay assignment. Writers select what they consider to be the most significant social sin in twenty-first century society, and craft a persuasive essay about how this sin is made manifest and what can be done to rectify the wrong created. The packet includes tips on how to craft a persuasive essay and how to document researched sources.