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High schoolers reflect upon how Transcendentalism focuses on individualism. From their belief that God was within every person to their steadfast belief that every man should make decisions based on personal moral values, individualism was stressed in their lives. Thoreau and Emerson wrote extensively on what it means to be an individual, what it means to conform, and how difficult nonconformity is.
Students use songs to analyze their sense of identity and self-worth. In groups, they discuss and explore their own character development and discover how far they have come in recent years. They also identify the positive and negative choices when confronted with peer pressure.
Students analyze a variety of literary styles focusing on poetry and prose. In this made for television lesson, students view video news clips shown during the Vietnam War to discuss how the media affects society's perception of war. Student select an event that occurred during war to research and role-play as a war correspondent.
Take poetry off the page and put it into terms of movement, physical space and, finally, music with this series of three lessons from the Smithsonian Institution. This resource introduces students to two poetic forms that originated as forms of song, Ballad and Blues, as well as several poetic devices such as iamb, measure, and rhythm. Your class will read several examples of both forms of poetry and learn about the history behind their origin. Great extension activities are included as well.
Students examine protest music and songs from the Civil Rights movement. In this music of the Civil Rights era lesson, students listen to selected music before working in groups to determine who the music was directed at, what social ills the lyrics were addressing, and what affect the music had. They write an essay using music and a primary source document.
Students embark on a journey through colonial times. In this early settlement lesson, students come to understand what life was like for the settlers in the early colonies. Students research and create projects illustrating their new knowledge of these early settlements.
An engaging and fun lesson on telling time is here for you. In it, young time-tellers listen to the song, "Rock Around the Clock," then use Judy Clocks to practice telling time to the hour and half hour. Finally, using paper plates, each pupil makes his own clock using fasteners and markers.
Eleventh graders are introduced to the events between the years 1949 and 1989. They list and explain key events and people that contributed to the development of the Cold War. Students are asked "what do you think Billy Joel meant by 'We didn't start the fire', and why do you think this has historical relevance, or does it?"
Eighth graders explore the Cold War Era. In this world history lesson plan, 8th graders discover the positions taken by countries during the Cold War as they listen to lectures regarding the major events and turning points in the Cold War. Students also read selected text and listen to music regarding the era.
Students listen to popular music of the 50's and 60's to make literature connections to The Outsiders. In this popular culture lesson plan, students evaluate and analyze various songs and connect them with the themes in the literature related to social ostracism, forbidden love, and friendship. Students then select a modern song that embodies one of these themes and write up an analysis of the lyrics.
Students analyze the impact of American Bandstand on race relations. In this race relations lesson, students use the music and dance show American Bandstand to learn about race relations. Students categorize pivotal events during the Civil Rights and Rock and Roll eras. Students evaluate the role of television and rock and roll in promoting racial equality. Students listen to rock and roll songs to learn about the social and political influences of the time.
In this simplifying ratios worksheet, 10th graders solve and complete 24 various types of problems. First, they complete each ratio and reduce when necessary. Then, students find the length and width of each rectangle described. They also find the measures of each angle.
Sixth graders use the internet to tour a virtual environment that would help them make connections to the rock cycle. They name three types of rocks and describe their characteristics. Students discusss the parts of the rock cycle and how the different rocks are formed and use a graphic organizing software like Inspiration to illustrate the rock cycle.
Fourth graders observe the effects of an earthquakes as it occurs. They study the structure of the Earth as it relates to the theory of plate tectonics. Students survey such events as mountain building, volcanoes, earthquakes, and sea-floor spreading at various plate boundaries. They identify areas where volcanic activity is likely to occur.