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Tenth graders are introduced to the the use of similarities and differences in the classification process. Students will then learn how biological classification represents how organisms are related, with species being the most fundamental unit of the classification system.

New Review Examine the Media

Take a look at media though a critical lens. Class members cut out images of women from magazines and conduct a gallery walk, considering the portrayal of women and men in these images. They then read an article and discuss the content and images in small groups. Close the class with a general discussion and by coming up with plans to take a stand against the objectification of women.
Gay marriage is the topic for a structured, academic controversy discussion. The process begins with groups reading primary source documents and recording their responses to text-based questions on the provided graphic organizer. Participants are then assigned a side, either for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or against DOMA, and in groups of four (two for and two against) present their arguments. As a conclusion, individuals then craft an essay presenting their own stance on the question. Be sure to investigate your school's policy on using "R" rated films in the classroom, and discussing topics of sexuality before using this resource with your classes.
High schoolers interview a person who has immigrated to America and, based on that interview, to write an article about the person.
What are healthy friendships? What makes a friendship unhealthy? There are several worksheets for your high schoolers to do to answer some of these questions and more about their friends and ideas about friendship. Inspire some great conversations with your class, who will definitely have something to say about the topic.
This two part lesson focuses on the sensitive issues of homophobia, discrimination, sexuality, and gender. Children in grades 5-8 discuss individual and institutional discrimination, personal rights, homosexuality, and bullying. This is a well-developed lesson that touches on an important topic, but may not fit the needs or be appropriate for all classrooms.
Seventh graders complete a handout on how their lives differ from those portrayed on television. In groups, they identify their misconceptions about gender roles and equality. They also discover ways to not buy into the negative messages protrayed.
Eighth graders investigate the reasons for why individuals go through puberty at different times and rates. They conduct a personal worth role play to encourage diversity and self-acceptance. Group discussion is used for scaffolding the lesson.
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning instructional activity, students examine the accomplishments of Civil Rights leaders' as works of philanthropy. Students read literature regarding diversity and study the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March.
Students discover the mission of Amnesty International. In this human rights activity, students read literature about the social justice organization and then compose letters on behalf of those suffering from human rights persecution in the world. 
Students discuss the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding sexual orientation and restage the debate leading up to the recent decision in Rumsfeld v. FAIR. They write essays evaluating the merits of the decision.
Students explore the diversity of characters in popular television shows and movies, then investigate the backgrounds and careers of famous Hispanic actors.
Students explore a wide diversity of algal species; study the basic characteristics of algae and the distinguishing features of each of the 3 major divisions of algae; identify a variety aquatic plants; and make pressing a local algae plants.
After watching a PBS film titled "Frontline: Muslims," learners analyze various quotes from the film with a graphic organizer. Several categories, including "Individual Expressions of Faith," "Unity and Diversity Among Muslims," and "Muslim Responses to Extremism" allow students to experience the multi-faceted positions of the Muslim community. This lesson would work well in a world cultures class, or in a class about religious tolerance.
Students are assigned to bring five flowers. They explore flowers to distinguish different physical features of flowers. They compare and contrast different flowers to determine what features they have in common. Students develop an appreciation for the diversity of flowering plants.
Students examine lichens in an outside field trip. Students explore the diversity of this organism and ask questions about them.
Students examine the term natural selection and what behavioral adaptations are.  In this evolution lesson students view videos about evolution and perform experiments that simulate populations that interplay between the forces of predation and sexual selection.
Students explore the concept of diversity. In this inclusion lesson plan, students discuss similarities and differences among students in their class, identify the benefits of diversity, and write personal commitment statements regarding respect for others.
Students discuss music of other eras students discuss the influence of elements such as politics, social events, etc. on music of the time. They examine the cause and effect of musical diversity after watching a video segment: "Behind the Music."
Eighth graders complete a unit on diversity in social/political issues. They select a topic, conduct Internet research, develop an outline of their information, and write a thesis paper.

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