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Students analyze the lifetime accomplishments of Muhammad Ali in the area of sports and his role as a catalyst for social change.
Students research Muhammad Ali's act of civil disobedience. For this civil disobedience lesson, students research Ali's defiance of the Vietnam War draft and compare his reasoning to Martin Luther King's thoughts on the war. Students debate nonviolent action and write a response to Ali's violent/nonviolent nature in his life and draft resistance.
Students research the lives of Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis. In groups, they analyze the life of one of these boxers. They create their own presentation and share with the class.
Students examine the actions of Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Muhammad Ali. For this United States history lesson, students explore primary and secondary sources regarding acts of political activism. Students participate in speed debating regarding the topic and then create visual depictions of their opinions regarding political activism.
Seventh graders explore how influential people have taken a stand on difficult issues and the consequences that followed. This lesson connect American studens with students in England who present their own person for exploration.
Students analyze the life of Jack Johnson and his relationship with other boxers. They write about his life by using the same style as Muhammad Ali, his taunts and boasts using rhyming.
Students explore the contributions of African Americans of the 20th century. In this African American history lesson, students examine portraits of Muhammad Ali, Romare Bearden, Lorraine Hansberry, Judith Jamison, and Leontyne Price in efforts to analyze the images and make inferences prior to discovering their individual contributions.
Students explore the contributions of African Americans of the 20th century. In this African American history lesson plan, students examine portraits of Muhammad Ali, Romare Bearden, Lorraine Hansberry, Judith Jamison, and Leontyne Price in efforts to analyze the images and make inferences prior to discovering their individual contributions.
In this famous people worksheet, students read about Vaneeza Ahmed and complete a variety of comprehension activities including but not limited to synonym matching, sequencing, writing, spelling and vocabulary activities.
Students watch a film about the town of Libby, Montana and how they were exposed to attic insulation that contained asbestos. Using the internet, they research the Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines for this type of insulation and work in groups to create a plan to help the community. They also develop brochures to communicate to the town about safety precautions.
Students define empathy and list reasons for various points of view regarding serving in the military. The lesson plan includes a great list of Vietnam era songs for lyric analysis. 
Students explore the implications of the draft during the Vietnam War. For this Vietnam lesson, students analyze the lyrics of songs that explore differents opinions of the Vietnam draft. Students particpate in a role-play activity that requires them to consider the amnesty of the men who fled to Canada to dodge the draft and then write culminating essays.
5 Broken Cameras, the award-winning documentary nominated for a 2013 Academy Award and winner of the Sundance 2012 Directors Award is the focus of a resource packet that includes a lesson plan, discussion guide, reading lists, background information, a photo slide show, clips from the film, and links to related articles and books. The film provides a springboard to a discussion of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, and the conflict over the Occupied Territories. A powerful resource that merits a place in your curriculum library.
Yeah, but is it real? Clips from the famous documentary film series 56 UP launches an examination of the differences between reality television and documentaries. After considering the characteristics of each format, class members consider whether they would want to be filmed for a reality television show or a documentary. The richly detailed plan includes links to all necessary videos, articles, and supporting materials.
Kick-start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative timeline activity, your class members will break into groups and read and research the biographical and historical information of such noteworthy figures as Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the influence of their religious beliefs on their activism and their contributions to society. They will then arrange themselves into chronological order according to the accomplishments of the figures they researched and peer-teach their group's findings to their classmates.
Combine a lesson on the elderly with grammar instruction. Before viewing a series of provided video clips, class members brainstorm a list of words related to senior citizens and organize these words into categories that correspond with the parts of speech. After viewing the clips, discuss stereotypes and send pupils off to write news reports with a focus on adjectives. Extension ideas are included.
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France is viewed and discussed. Learners analyze the chef preparation, mentor rolls, and the French philosophies of hard work versus intellectual work, while juxtaposing it against American attitudes. Adaptations are included that contrast the conflicts of the documentary with similar struggles of other cultures and individuals. This would serve as a great activity to explore cultural differences, or expand a home and consumer science curriculum.   
“Sometimes things are lawful yet are actually wrong.” Researchers examine primary and secondary source materials as they study five legal cases involving civil rights attorney William Kunstler in which he attempted to use the legal system to bring about social change. An extensive list of activities, assessment suggestions, extensions, and adaptations are included in a carefully detailed resource.
What do the homecoming experiences of soldiers who fought in WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan reveal about the politics and culture of the US during the time period of each war? Young historians view The Way We Get By, which tells the story of Maine Troop Greeters, and read excerpts from “Soldiers Coming Home,” and “Homecoming” in preparation for a group research project about the experiences of these soldiers. Resource links, extensions, and adaptations are provided.
What is all the fuss about genetically modified foods? PBS provides this resource designed to supplement the documentary Food, Inc. to help learners investigate the benefits and controversies of genetically modified foods for individuals and companies. The lesson culminates with each pupil taking a position and writing a paper either for or against genetically modified seeds.

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