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Who was Jimmy Carter, and what is he well-known for? Explore the presidency of Jimmy Carter with this lesson. High schoolers analyze primary sources (included) and compare the energy crisis of the 1970s to today's energy issue.
Build on high schoolers' awareness of what's wrong with society. Here they examine Jimmy Carter's extensive involvement in volunteer action in the local, national, and global arenas. Define and explore concepts -- philanthropy, citizen, volunteer, civic involvement -- and situate them as integral to both American culture and a fulfilling life. Readings provided are material for a jigsaw activity that nurtures collaboration, discussion, peer teaching, and public speaking skills.
What is the Nobel Peace Prize? After they establish criteria for great leadership, secondary learners read a New York Times article about President Jimmy Carter's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Individuals research the lives, achievements, and impact of other Peace Prize laureates and create storyboards for documentaries about them.
For this everyday editing worksheet, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about Jimmy Carter. The errors range from capitalization, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Inspired by the humanitarian work of President Jimmy Carter after he left office, high schoolers explore the history of civic action in the United States and generate ideas about problems at the local, national, and international levels. A pair of texts about philanthropy and civic responsibility, attached, are assigned each to half the class for outside reading in preparation for the next class.
Students examine how Presidents are judged during their time in office as well as afterwards. They conduct and Internet search for Jimmy Carter's inaugural address and write a news story about his address. Once they have written an accurate news story, they write and editorial about the inaugural address.
Following brief instruction about the Iran Hostage Crisis during Jimmy Carter's presidency, small groups read three-page sections from the diary of hostage Robert C. Ode. They write editorials from the perspective of either U.S. citizens of Middle Eastern or other descent or a college student at the end of the 444-day crisis. Groups read each other's editorials and complete editorial question sheets. A rubric for the editorial piece is attached.
Though slightly dated (around the 2008 Presidential election), the information and discussion points in this presentation about political humor are solid. Use the slides in your language arts class in a lecture about semantics, or in a political science class about language in the media. A list of references and resource links could help to guide your lecture as well.
After reading about the presidential race in 1976, learners think critically about presidential legacy. They read all of the provided background information, related New York Times articles, and then respond to a writing prompt via blog post. 
In this American history learning exercise, learners read a biography about President James Earl Carter and answer 7 multiple choice questions.
In this famous people learning exercise, students read a selection about the life of Gore Vidal, then complete a variety of comprehension activities including synonym matches, fill-in-the-blank sentence completions, unscrambling words and spelling and writing activities. An answer key is included.
High school learners compare economic outcomes for 3 racial groups under the presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan by analyzing a series of graphs, answering questions from a worksheet, and participating in a discussion.
With your middle schoolers, develop concepts such as philanthropy, civic responsibility, community service, and common good. Discuss famous philanthropists and what we can each give of our time, talent and treasure to better our communities. Learners read a USA Today article and create charts to track the biggest givers of 2001. The concepts are valuable, so it would be worthwhile to update content (younger celebrities, newer data) to add relevance.
Develop a definition of peace with your class, one that extends beyond "the absence of war." Pupils research the work of Rosalynn and President Jimmy Carter through the Carter Center. They depict the essential elements of the Center's work by creating a seal for the organization. Students will need to see several examples of seals to understand and unpack the genre in order to complete the assignment. None are included.
For this American history worksheet, students view a PowerPoint presentation about the nation during the 20th century and then respond to 19 fill in the blank questions. The PowerPoint is not provided.
In this adding and subtracting for President's Day instructional activity, 3rd graders use the example to find a president's birthday on the calendar.
Learners practice using new vocabulary associated with philanthropy. They examine the history of helping others in the United States. They use the internet to research information and write a paper about their findings.
"It was my view then, and still is, that you don't make war without knowing why." Remembering Vietnam is a powerful resource. The essential questions, the activities, the readings, the materials examined all seek to provide learners with the information Tim O'Brien refers to in The Things they Carried. The objective stance permits individuals to formulate their own opinions about the Vietnam War and the Vietnam Memorial. A must-have for an English Language Arts or Social Studies curriculum library.
Gay marriage is the topic for a structured, academic controversy discussion. The process begins with groups reading primary source documents and recording their responses to text-based questions on the provided graphic organizer. Participants are then assigned a side, either for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or against DOMA, and in groups of four (two for and two against) present their arguments. As a conclusion, individuals then craft an essay presenting their own stance on the question. Be sure to investigate your school's policy on using "R" rated films in the classroom, and discussing topics of sexuality before using this resource with your classes.
Expose and introduce you students to the importance of journaling with the ideas and plans in this resource.  The documents have thought through strategies on how to introduce journaling. Although a part of The Turn off the TV Challenge, the prompts available are well suited for student reflection on how much they use or are exposed to multimedia devices or electronic media. Included are 16 prompts, journal pages, rubrics, a self-assessment, and a tracking chart. 

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