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The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
"The Gettysburg Address" is the basis of a series of activities that not only model for learners how to conduct a close reading of a text, but also how a close reading can help them comprehend a difficult text. The detailed, step-by-step plan includes an appendix of supplemental activities, other versions of the speech, a vocabulary list, and guiding questions with instructional commentary.
8th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Way We Were: Embryological Development and Disease
Students use microscopes to study live fish embryos and animated diagrams of cell division on the Internet. They see that scientists rely on technology to enhance the gathering and manipulation of data. They create web pages on cloning.
9th - 12th Science
A Close Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
An incredibly detailed and focused resource, this cross-curricular unit uses text dependent questions, primary sources, and close reading to help readers interpret and analyze the content and structure of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Historical Agency in History Book Sets (HBS)
Study historical events by combining the study of historical fiction and non-fiction. Learners read about true past events in historical fiction novels and then research non-fiction accounts of the same events. What are some differences they find?
5th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Intermediate 4: Searching for Evidence for Research Tasks
Online resources take many forms: blogs, search engines, news websites, documents, wikis. In order to conduct effective research, pupils should become familiar with different formats so that they can more easily choose suitable sites for their information.
5th - 8th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Designed
The Crusades: Voices and Perspectives
Invite your young historians to discover the distinct perspectives of Muslim, European, Jewish, and Byzantine groups during the Crusades. Class members are divided into groups and are given a packet of handouts, including background information, maps, artistic depictions of major figures, and more, to review for a particular historical group.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon
How do barns serve as a window to a community's past? Here are a series of lessons on the symbolism and historical context of barns throughout American history. Topics include community-building, in-depth primary and secondary source analysis, and a discussion of American symbolism and heritage.
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasive Practice: A Mt. Rushmore Addition
Explore persuasive writing skills. Budding authors will research a US President and persuade the National Park Service to add him to Mt. Rushmore. In addition to the persuasive essay, individuals are required to develop a visual presentation using a web-based software that they then present to their class.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Web Page Design
Learners design a web page complete with text, graphics, and hypertext links. After adding backgrounds, navigation buttons, and audio-visual effects, students revise their work based on comments from peers and teachers. Student websites are published on the Internet after final revision.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Morality "Tails" East and West: European Fables and Buddhist Jataka Tales
Have your class explore Buddhist Jataka Tales to compare and contrast them to European fables. After defining fables, Jataka tales, and the elements of each, learners identify themes and patterns for both types of narratives and the moral lessons in each.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts
Spine Labels - What Are They And Why Are They There?
Young language arts pupils will identify the parts of a title page and how those parts relate to the label on a book's spine. They will then create their own book cover and title page for a preexisting book using a word processing program to type in all the necessary information.
K - 2nd English Language Arts
Explore caves with your class! Your scholars will participate in scientific observation, research, inference and deduction, reading, vocabulary, and writing activities about caves with this lesson plan. This resource contains five reading sections and after each one, learners participate in follow-up activities designed to reinforce the knowledge they gained from the reading.
K - 4th English Language Arts
Through the Looking Glass: Eudora Welty's Photography and The Ponder Heart
Students study the context of The Ponder Heart through Welty's photographs. They analyze how illustrations and photographs interact with written text and create their own images to illustrate a well-known Welty short story. They publish their works on a class Web page or in hard copy book form
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Public Service Graphic Design
Twelfth graders create a billboard design (on the computer) to promote and increase awareness of a social problem. Students conduct research of public service issues that are of interest to them. They collect photos and images through internet research.
12th Social Studies & History
Alphabet insects! Who has ever heard of such a thing? Get ready because your class is going to research insects that start with a specific letter of the alphabet. In small groups, they'll use the Internet and reference texts to locate common insects that begin with the assigned letter.
4th - 5th Science
New Review Civics and Citizenship
What is a good citizen? Here is a fantastic unit of ten lessons that will thoroughly cover the concept of civics and citizenship in your class. Examples of activities include learning stations, primary and secondary source analysis of documents as the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, designing responsibility posters, a public service announcement project, and examining quotes from influential politicians, philosophers, and authors on the topic of civics.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable