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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 students because, in addition to the aforementioned issues, the case study is about syphilis and also contains a lengthy and dense reading. 
After investigating various forms of print, oral, and electronic media as sources of information, class members research a historical figure and produce a résumé for this person. While templates are provided for an initial sorting activity, the referenced résumé template is not included.
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 learners. The teacher reflection and accommodations provided may help you address children with special needs in your own classroom. 
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.
Take a close look at a number of newspapers with collection of lessons and activities. Using a poster (which can be found under the materials tab), learners examine the hard copy of a local newspaper. This leads into an exploration of various front pages, the content of articles, a perusal of archived newspapers, and a close look at headlines, mastheads, and 100 famous news stories.

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Behind a successful presentation is a solid plan. Whether class groups are involved in project-based learning or individuals are crafting a personal presentation, ask participants to identify their subject, the intended audience, their goals, the structure of the presentation, and how they will make the presentation interesting.
Don't let your pupils take everything at face value! They should analyze and evaluate what speakers say. Practice this skill with the two related activities described here. After brainstorming critical questions, learners can listen to the provided persuasive pieces and then pick them apart. The resource also includes two quizzes, one based on an excerpt, and another that tests more general knowledge.
Imagine crafting a pamphlet to attract settlers to a new colony. As part of their study of the settlement of North Carolina, eighth graders examine a pamphlet produced in the 17th century meant to attract settlers to Carolina. Using the provided worksheet, learners critique the content of the document, its appeals, and whether those same appeals would be found appealing today.
By the time they leave high school, writers are expected to be able to revise and edit their own work. How to go about revising and editing is modeled in a short video that suggests reading the essay from the bottom to the top, identifying and revising unclear sentences. Next, editors are directed to read the essay from the top to the bottom, checking to make sure the essay is significant and appropriate for the intended audience. The video would work best if show with the others in the series, all of which use The Souls of Black Folk: Of Our Spiritual Strivings as the demonstration text.
"Follow the Drinking Gourd," "Clementine," "Over There," "Dust Bowl Blues." The Underground Railroad, the California Gold Rush, World War I, the Great Depression. Groups examine the lyrics of these and other songs to find reflections of the decades in which they were written. Following a fishbowl discussion, individuals craft an essay identifying the song they feel best represents a decade.
Considering a research paper assignment for your AP English Language and Composition class? Here’s a resource that details the expectations for such an assignment and includes a handy process checklist. Spreading out the due dates for the various steps permits you to check on student progress and identify those who need extra assistance. It also spreads out your work load.
Use this general lesson plan guide to inform your instruction surrounding a documentary. The lesson plan is made up of five activities. The activities are intentionally general because they are designed to adapted for specific films. While the lesson plan was originally designed to go with the films on the same site as the plan, they could be used with virtually any film. Additionally, the resource includes a series of questions grouped by theme that could be asked about any film.
Do men and women experience heart disease the same way? High school and college-level biologists examine a case study about a woman, Nancy, who is experiencing intermittent health issues; looking at her diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices, your future doctors and nurses determine what could be the diagnosis and cause of Nancy's pain and weakness, and how her experiences differ from those of her husband, Jim. 
Discover your inner microbe with this short online quiz. Kids can answer a few short questions to find out with which microbe they have the most in common. As a class, kids could group themselves with like microbes, then teach the rest of the class a few of the traits of their microbe. Young zoologists begin to understand how diverse the microbial world can be. If you do not have access to a computer lab, there is also a flipbook version of the quiz.
Here's a hot topic: increased incidents of injury while wearing ear buds! Middle school mathematicians display and summarize statistical data throughout this all-inclusive, Common-Core-related assignment. You will find a well-written lesson plan, handouts that include an article and data page, follow-up questions, and extension activities that combine to make the lesson plan complete.
Hamlet, that is not a rat behind the curtain, it is Polonius, and now you’re on trial for his murder.  Practice and develop close reading skills, discover how a trial works, and get the entire class involved in this trial. The class breaks down into groups: judge, characters, prosecution, and defense.  They develop their analysis and arguments that use the text, and the trial begins. Criteria are included for how to assess the groups. Use the results of the trial to develop writing prompts, or to supply textual evidence that the students can use  for a literary analysis.    
Based on family history, how likely is it that a couple's children will have a recessive disease? In an in-depth, but easy-to-follow case study, future geneticists learn the story of Greg and Olga, who are hoping to have children, but they are worried about what genetic diseases they may be passing on to their offspring. Divide your pupils into groups and have them work through all six sections of the case study. You may wish to allocate a certain amount of time to each, in order to keep kids on task and to allow for whole-group discussion.
Using a hypothetical discussion between two coworkers broken up into four parts, budding biologists examine the flu shot and some of the typical arguments for and against it. The conversational nature of the reading makes it engaging and easy to read; the analysis questions following each section allow learners a chance to think about what they've read, discuss it with others, and make connections between the passage and the real world. The lesson could be taught in either a whole-class or small group setting.
Aspiring astronauts graph, interpret, and analyze data. They investigate the relationship between two variables in a problem situation. Using both graphic and symbolic representations they will grasp the concept of line of best fit to describe the relationship between two variables. They also apply measures of central tendency in a problem situation. This math lesson plan provides student handouts, calculator exercises, and answer keys. 

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