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Students examine the dynamics of change and compare and contrast it with other cultures. They cite examples of how people change over time and explain why it is necessary. Students organize a skit, Webpage, or Powerpoint presentation to demonstrate how they can personally effect change.
Seventh graders assume different roles to determine the cause of a possible virus outbreak in their school. They must investigate the symptoms reported and determine the virus causing these conditions, analyze the body systems affected as well as the possible outcome, and develop suggestions for treatment and prevention.
Learners develop imagery in literary and art works. They discuss Jacob Lawrence's painting, the "Tombstones, 1942", which conveyed overcrowded tenements and families living in Harlem (New York, New York). They design picture stories comparing overcrowded tenements then and now.
Students examine the contributions of African Americans in New Haven, Connecticut in the 19th and 20th centuries. After being introduced to new vocabulary, they review the elements of autobiographies and read excerpts of African American authors. To end the lesson they wrwite their own autobiography and interview a parent to gather more about their family history.
Learners discover dialects and write a fable, modeling Mark Twain's "Jim Baker's Blue-Jay Yarn." In this interdisciplinary unit on birds, students discuss dialect and personification used in the tale. Learners write a fable, using dialect and personification. This lesson has an accompanying math and science component.
Learners explore poetry and its meaning. After reading poems, students explore the literary elements such as the setting, character, problem, events and resolution. They compare and contrast descriptions given in poems. Learners explore the differences between narrative and expository test. They discuss the poetry and complete worksheets.
First graders study the characteristics of butterflies and examine their life cycle in this unit of six lessons. They examine the anatomy of the butterfly, learn the associated vocabulary, and watch the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly as they raise the caterpillar larvae. As they watch the metamorphosis, they write a daily journal entry.
Students explore animals that are endangered. They choose an endangered animal that they would like to keep from becoming extinct. Students create a persuasive presentation to persuade someone to understand why they feel keeping their animal from being extinct is important.
Sixth graders are introduced to the characteristics of homonyms. In groups, they are given points in the baseball game when the homonyms are matched to the correct definition. To end the instructional activity, they practice spelling the different homonyms with a partner.
Eleventh graders write a personal reflection of a historical document. After accessing a digital copy of "The Crisis," they examine the community's reaction to the events portrayed in the story. Students use the information the have gathered to write an essay documenting their reflection on what they have read.