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New York City: Passionate About Shakespeare
Students explore Shakespeare as part of American culture. In this Shakespearean culture lesson, students view video clips about modern theater. Students read excerpts from Shakespearean plays and other commentaries.
Understanding the Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Students examine protest music and songs from the Civil Rights movement. In this music of the Civil Rights era activity, 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.
Cooking In Britain Today
In this international foods worksheet, students complete activities and exercises on ten pages that pertain to typical dishes in different countries with an emphasis on British food. This is intended for ESL students.
Post-Modernism and Mass Culture
Students examine the suggestion that the subjective experience of everyday life and sense of identity has changed in America in recent years. In this post-modernism and mass culture instructional activity, students engage in 4 multi-step exercises that challenge them to understand the aspects of American culture today.
America in the 1950's
In this America in the 1950's instructional activity, learners read about housing, education, entertainment, and the Cold War in the 1950s. Students then answer 5 questions about this time.
I See the Rhythm
Students complete a unit on the music, dance, and folklore of the African American culture. They read, write, and dramatize folktales, create a timeline of African American music, conduct a web scavenger hunt, and create a computer slideshow presentation as the culminating project of the unit.
A 60s Trilogy
Twelfth graders select and research one of these three events from the 1960's-the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement or the counter culture movement- and select songs that are associated with these events. They prepare outlines and give oral presenations about the selected events and songs. Students conduct interviews with people who lived during the 1960's and they ask them to recall the events and identify songs associated with those events.
Decimals, Percent and Scientific Notation
In this decimals, percent and scientific notation worksheet, 9th graders solve various types of problems that range from shading an indicated part of a shape to calculating using scientific notation to express their answer. They express 3 problems as percents and determine the value of each. Then, students write fractions as a decimal and use bar notation. In addition, they write decimals in expanded form using exponents with a base of 10.
Young scholars examine why disco and other forms of music were not widely accepted.
Study the symbolism and significance of Gargoyles throughout the Gothic era, and then make one. Kids visit three different websites to learn about these goolish protectors, then hone their sculpting skills while making one. They make armatures and work on using the pinch/slab construction technique.
Mended Hearts, Broken Hearts, Healthy Hearts, Half-Hearted
Students integrate locomotor movements with nutrition information. They solve simple math functions related to the calories-per-gram contents of each nutrient and perform fitness activities to match the number of calories contained in each nutrient.
Students study animal behavior and how it changes to its environment. In this animal activity students design and conduct experiments.
Hispanic Arts: Visual Arts, Dance and Music
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Students listen to the music of Coldplay to explore the band.
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America - Lesson 2
Students identify general business terms such as entrepreneur, corporation, marketing, demographic, promotion and distribution. They identify many Black music industry leaders and their contributions.
Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America
Students watch a video that highlights the role of artists' images throughout the history of Black music in the United States and describe the influences of the civil rights movement on Black culture.
In this stem-and-leaf plots worksheet, 9th graders solve and complete 9 various types of problems. First, they determine the mean, median, and mode of the stem-and-leaf plot shown. Then, students summarize the similarities and differences of the given boxplots with outliers.
Down a 4th, Up a 5th
It's time to practice those sharps. Young musicians write the order of sharps by counting down a fourth and up a fifth. This is a great way to teach sharps to emergent musical note readers.
Duking It Out
Students read and discuss 'Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: Mixing Treasures by Duke Ellington and Edvard Grieg,' exploring how jazz transformed European music and the influence jazz has had on modern music. They write musical reviews.
Students read a New York Times article to help them develop an understanding of the history, development, and social influence of various types of world music through the creation of music museum exhibits.