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The Uniter, Divided
Students write about and discuss Presidential duties. They study the two competing foreign policy camps in the Bush administration by reading and discussing the article "Bush Team's Counsel Is Divided on Foreign Policy." In groups, students research the recent history of a country and the United States' relations with it.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Exploring 9/11 in Historical, Cultural and International Context: Why Here, Why Us, Why Now?
Students examine the international conflicts that might have caused the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In groups, they research the similarities and differences between the three major religions and how they connect to 9/11. To end the lesson, they review public opinion surveys on the attacks and compare this attack to others in history.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 28 Views 117 Downloads
On Trial - Juvenile or Adult?
Students compare and contrast juvenile and adult courts in the United States. In this judicial system lesson, students read and discuss articles and statistics in order to determine why juveniles may be tried as adults and examine the factors that dictate whether a juvenile goes to adult court.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 36 Downloads
Fueling Around with Energy: A Comparative Study of Conventional and Renewable Energy Use Among Nations
Students compare and contrast renewable and conventional energy sources. In this energy lesson, students research about conventional fuel and present a persuasive argument about their stand on the issue.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 45 Downloads
Sing Out Loud: The Slave Spirituals Historical and Cultural Implications during Reconstruction
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.
7th - 9th Language Arts 5 Views 55 Downloads
"Police Action": The Korean War, 1950-1953
Students investigate facts about the war in Korea in the 1950's and attempt to classify American foreign policy as a triumph or a failure. Why the U.S. became involved and the unpopularity of the war in America forms the focus of this lesson.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 39 Downloads
Teenage Boys: Perspectives on the Adolescent Male's Development in an Urban Setting
Students examine the effects of an urban setting on the development of male adolescence. After watching a film, they identify the problems in the relationship of the characters. They discuss the impact of becoming a teenage father and role play the role in different scenerios.
6th - 12th Health 22 Views 117 Downloads
Big Bang Theory: Gun Control
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), students answer discussion questions about gun control.
6th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 4 Downloads
Introduction to Japanese Internment
Students discover details about Japanese Internment. In this World War II lesson, students analyze images and documents related to the movement of Japanese-Americans to West coast internment camps in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attacks. Students write essays about their impressions of the lesson.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History 14 Views 44 Downloads
NYC Muslim Community Center: Why there? Why not?
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
Deportation and Loss
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.
7th Social Studies & History 4 Views 15 Downloads
Students consider the role of women in the food industry. In this gender exploitation lesson, students work in groups to examine unfair labor practices. Students watch a video and write a fictional letter from a female laborer. This lesson focuses on the treatment of female agricultural workers.
6th - 10th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
The Future of Communication: Broadband Expansion and New Technology
The National Broadband Plan, an effort to assure that every school, library, hospital, and home in the US would have high-speed Internet access, is the focus of a unit that examines the value and implications of such a plan. Groups look at the influence of the Internet on populist and political movements, investigate issues, and create presentations.
7th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 20 Downloads
"Getting Away with Torture?"
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
Afghanistan: 12 Years Of Violence
Students examine Afghanistan's contemporary history. In this global issues lesson plan, students research print and Internet sources about the Taliban and their control of the nation. Students share their findings with their classmates.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 11 Downloads
Planning a Railroad Online Lesson
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.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Germany and the European Union
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.
10th - 12th Languages 3 Views 7 Downloads
Massive Resistance and School Integration
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.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads