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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.
Middle schoolers determine the importance of information in a nonfiction text. They examine a biography of Jimmy Carter using highlighters or sticky notes to identify key points. Then they summarize the selection. In the fluency section, they conduct repeated one-minute readings of a portion of the text. Additionally, they investigate the -ck spelling pattern.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.