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Young scholars read an article about the battle between the Bush brothers on the No Child Left Behind Act. Individually, they write a paper sharing their opinions on whether the states or federal government should be in charge of a child's education. In groups, they write a conversation between the two Bushes and pretend they are part of a think-tank operation on how to improve the schools.
Ninth graders explore the Enlightenment and its historical effects. As a class, they discuss the characteristics of kings, queens and monarchies. Pupils design political cartoons to illustrate vocabulary words. Using a graphic organizer, 9th graders create short skits, raps or television commercials depicting political, economical, and religious issues of the Enlightenment.
Students use the internet to research people who have made a difference in the fight against poverty and hunger. In groups, they discuss the actions they can take in their community to help those in need. They are also introduced to the moral and spiritual reasons for ending hunger throughout the world.
Students examine the Declaration of Independence and ascertain its true intent and its eventual realization. They analyze the Declaration of Independence and summarize the intentions of the Declaration. They read each grievance and rewrite it in today's terms using dictionaries and any other resources available.
Students explore the Declaration of Independence. In this civics lesson, students read handouts regarding the document as well as the document itself. Students respond to discussion questions regarding the handout. Students then participate in a classroom activity that requires them to explore the meaning in the document.
Tenth graders analyze the many causes of major political, economic and social developments during the 1920s and 1930s with emphasis on the Great Depression. Students will also get a sense of the despair and desperation felt by United States citizens during these difficult times.
Fourth graders investigate the history of Bitterroot Valley. They conduct research using primary and secondary resources. The analysis of the information is used to discover the true relationship the settlers and native peoples. Then students make presentations about their findings.
Students analyze economic and political freedoms. Once they identify ways to measure them, they explore the relationship between the two freedoms and social well-being. In groups, they select 20 countries from the four freedom categories and graph the relationship between their economic freedom and the gross domestic product.