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How Did Jazz Music During the 1920’s Reflect a Change of Culture for America?
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed groups to create posters that represent the similarities and differences between the articles. After presenting their work, class members get to work outlining and writing an essay on the same topic.
Collective Memory and the Re-imagining of Monuments
Using the variety of videos, articles, and other materials provided here, class members explore the importance of monuments, historical narratives, and shared memory. After reading and participating in a Socratic seminar, pupils choose a monument to research, write a paper about, and re-represent either with description or an actual physical product. An involved project that requires critical and creative historical thinking.
What Are the Origins and Influences of Rap Music?
Engage your pupils in a high-interest topic while asking them to look closely into each source with document-based questions and a final essay. Learners explore the emergence of rap music through videos and reading selections. All of the videos and excerpts are included here. The plan calls for class members to cooperatively answer the questions; it's not entirely clear what this means, so structure these conversations in a way that works for your class. Strong materials and a topic with depth for class members to explore.
School Board Meeting on Mandatory School Uniforms
Should the school district implement a mandatory school uniform policy? After reading a series of primary and secondary source documents, class members are assigned roles and engage in a mock school board meeting about the question. Included in the packet is a sample essay, rubric, and the documents. The exercise concludes with individuals crafting a editorial that presents the position of their character.
War Powers Act and the Constitution
The strength of this plan, which focuses on the War Powers Act, is in the included supplementary materials. Class members read several provided documents, take notes, and discuss their opinions and then deliberate within small groups or partnerships. The lesson wraps up with a whole-class discussion and essay assignment.
China's One-Child Policy: Is it Working and is it Worth it?
Build up to a persuasive essay with a small-group discussion. Class members take one day to prepare, reading and categorizing pieces of evidence for the pro and con side of the argument. On the second day, groups of four discuss the topic. After reflecting, they answer the discussion question in written form. The steps of this lesson are explained effectively; however, not all of the materials are present. Some of the links are broken, so you might need to do a bit of research before starting out with this discussion.
Reading Strategies: Those Darned Examinations
Eleventh graders demonstrate how to study for exams using Reciprocal Teaching technique. They apply new reading strategies when studying for an exam. They demonstrate a variety fo strategies before, during, and after reading to increase comprehension.
Strategies to Build Comprehension Skills
Reading strategies that realy work. Here is an introduction of six active reading strategies to improve reading comprehension. Super helpful for newer teachers.
Revisiting Reading Strategies
Practice using meta-cognitive techniques by writing reflective notes while reading. Class members read various scientific and historical texts and test certain reading strategies to see which improve comprehension most.
Guided Reading: Asking Questions
Here is a reading strategies lesson in which learners use post it notes to create a bulletin board. They post their new questions on the bulletin board and look back at questions they have already learned the answer to. A great idea, this activity shows young learners how much they learn through reading!
Linked Text Set: Pre-Reading Strategy. Fever 1793
The historical background for Fever 1793 is the focus of a pre-reading strategy that has class groups rotate through a series of stations stocked with photographs, articles, and other texts that describe the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1793. The richly detailed plan includes resource lists and assessment suggestions.
Poetry Connection: After Reading Strategy for Fever 1793
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same. . .” After concluding Fever 1793 class members engage in a reading strategy that asks them to connect their thoughts about the self-reliance theme in Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel with Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If.” Step-by-step directions for the fishbowl discussion and discussion questions are included.
Instill Inherent Reading Strategies
Marking the text can help transform novice readers into experts and enrich the reading experience
What Role did the Movies Play in Forming a New Generation of Youth After WWI?
Class members examine a series of primary and secondary source materials to try and ascertain the role films played in forming “a new generation of youth after World War I.” Individuals are assigned one of three documents to examine, form expert groups to share their findings, and then participate in jigsaw discussions. The documents, part of the packet, include a plot summary for The Jazz Singer, an excerpt from Herbert Blumer’s, Movies and Conduct, and a commentary about the film Are Parents People? Individuals craft a reflective essay to conclude the exercise. The 2001 Frontline program Merchants of Cool and the accompanying materials provided by PBS would provide a great extension to the exercises in this resource.
Student Speech: Is it Protected in Print and on the Internet?
Can students be allowed to say what they want in print or on the Internet, free from interference by the school? With the advent of Facebook and other social networking sites where all expressions are chronicled and monitored, where to draw the line on what is legal and free of censorship can become blurry. In a structured academic controversy activity, help your class determine where they stand on the issue of student expression under the First Amendment.
New! American Government: Does a State Have the Legal/Constitutional Right to Secede from the Union?
Are states prohibited or permitted by the wording of the Constitution to leave the Union? After analyzing the decisions of selected Supreme Court cases and other primary source documents, spark discussion and debate with your class on this fascinating topic.
Central Conflict in Eagle Song (Revisit Chapter 1, Begin Chapter 2)
While continuing to read the book Eagle Song, your class learns to cite specific details when answering questions and to use context clues when encountering unknown words. Young scholars begin by listening as the teacher reads aloud the first pages of chapter 2, before working in small groups to answer text-dependent questions using sticky notes to locate supporting evidence in the book. Next, the teacher models the process of using context clues to define new vocabulary, focusing on the words before and after the unfamiliar term to deduce its meaning. Learners then continue to read the chapter independently, identifying supporting details for the remainder of the text-dependent questions, finally discussing the answers with their group. An excellent lesson that teaches young readers to support their answers to reading comprehension questions with evidence from the text.
Mississippi Trial, 1955: Pre-reading Strategy
Pink and Say, a picture book by Patricia Polacco, and an anticipation guide, set the stage for a reading of Mississippi Trial, 1955, Chris Crowe's novel based on the true story of the murder of Emmett Till. Instructional routines, the anticipation guide, and fishbowl discussion questions are included in the richly-detailed plan.
Critically Evaluating Alarming News students use a guided reading strategy to explore news articles about the Washington-area sniper attacks, and conduct a roundtable discussion to investigate public reaction to the case. October 17, 200
Reading Poetry: "love is a place" by E. E. Cummings
Show your class how to read, and analyze poetry through the rules of grammar as you explore “love is a place” by E.E. Cummings. Some might consider this plan overbearing and beating poetry to death, which might be true, if you do all of the activities. However, the plan offers a unique way to show young learners how to read closely and deeply. The guided worksheet moves readers through the poem and has them analyze the literary devices, syntax, and grammar of the poem in search of meaning. A little part of this resource would go a long way.