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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Young scholars will need to see several examples of seals to understand and unpack the genre in order to complete the assignment. None are included.
In this famous people activity, 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.
"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.
Young readers explore philanthropy and its effects on the public good. They discuss athletes and their examples as philanthropists. They research a sports hero and play "The Match Game" to determine what they know about other sports heroes. They discuss National Philanthropy Day and ways to celebrate it. Extend this lesson into a research paper which requires middle schoolers to use textual evidence to support their arguments.
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.
Ninth graders study the centrality of religion in the lives of many Americans and the ways in which religious beliefs shape political and social views of many citizens. They determine that in a nation of some 3,000 religious groups, we have to live together without religious consensus, adhering to principles of religious liberty in the First Amendment.