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Students identify, summarize and present facts about cultural, educational and political inequalities of Reconstruction, explain hidden codes of slave spirituals and their importance in slaves' communication, and create poetry based on feelings.
Though dated with references to the Bush Administration, this lesson would be a good way to discuss current issues, particularly gun control. Using an article from The New York Times (linked to this lesson), young scholars answer discussion questions about gun control. They are divided into four groups to research different standpoints on gun control, including the Executive Office, Congress, Gun Control Opponents, and Gun Control Advocates. Extension activities are included.
Young scholars consider the role of women in the food industry. In this gender exploitation instructional activity, students work in groups to examine unfair labor practices. Young scholars watch a video and write a fictional letter from a female laborer. This instructional activity focuses on the treatment of female agricultural workers.
Eleventh graders explore the definition of 'Manifest Destiny' and its importance to Westward Expansion.  For this U.S. History lesson, 11th graders work in small groups to write an essay that explains 'Manifest Destiny.'
Students examine religious diversity issues. In this current events lesson, students read the provided articles "Sacred Ground or Bridging a Cultural Divide?" "Multiple Views of the Proposed Muslim Center," and "Protests, a Bonfire, and a Physical Attack." Students respond to discussion questions that accompany the articles.
Students discuss what they know about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. They research policy memos and assess their influence on military personnel. They identify the Geneva Conventions rule on the treatment of prisoners as well.
Seventh graders discuss the issues of isolation and deportation as they are related to the Holocaust. After reading a brief passage about deportation and confinement in a concentration camp, 7th graders discuss the feelings involved in being isolated from family and friends. Reading and test materials are included.
High schoolers examine Afghanistan's contemporary history. In this global issues instructional activity, students research print and Internet sources about the Taliban and their control of the nation. High schoolers share their findings with their classmates.
Students design a train route using a topographical map. In this historical and spatial thinking lesson plan, students must plan a route through the Sierra Nevada mountains that a train could physically travel. Links to printable student instructions and topographic maps are included.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 3 short answer and essay questions about Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of MaltaStudents may check some of their answers online.
Students in a German class examine the issues surrounding Germany and the European Union. As a class, they decorate their classroom with a map of Europe and listen to a German song. They are introduced to new vocabulary and use the internet to examine the role of the European Union in Germany.
Fourth graders write a short story that shows their feelings on a chosen historical perspective on school integration of the past. In this school integration lesson plan, 4th graders learn about Separate But Equal, resistance to change, identify problems, and more.
Students begin the lesson by identifying how and why the Native Americans came to North America. Using the internet, they examine how their culture spread throughout the continent and in groups they discuss the stereotypes between the Europeans and Native Americans. They end the lesson by discussing how Native Americans today are trying to preserve their culture.
Students explore how testing for particular genetic variations can help people to make decisions in lifestyle and health care choices. They analyze a Web-based case study, participate in class discussion, view video segments and formulate an opinion about genetic testing.
Seventh graders examine the relationship among the governments of the sovereign American Indian Nations in Utah, the State of Utah, and the U.S. They list the objectives of the Office of Indian Affairs and examine their purpose.
Students participate in various hand-on activities as they study six international institutions that play important economic roles in the areas of international trade and finance.
Have your scholars read a handout related to the foreign trade market and how there is an exchange of goods. They read the information as a research assignment and make connections as to how the market fits together.
Students discuss tribal governments prior to federal rule.  In this tribal reorganization lesson, students listen to teacher presentation and write an essay utilizing the information from the lecture.
High schoolers see how to define trade surplus and trade deficit, become acquainted with important U.S. trading partners and concerns of different interest groups.
Students research topics related to trade, and develop a graphic organizer. They debate and discuss topics related to trade.

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