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Understanding the importance of sustainable fishing practices is fostered through a classroom game. In small groups, the class plays a fishing game where they can see first-hand, the effects of thoughtless fishing practices. After the game, they discuss ways the fishing industry could modify their techniques in order to maintain the current fish populations.
Learners view videos, visit websites, and read about the nature and changes made to the idea of political asylum. Beginning with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, they will explore policy change throughout the years. The lesson culminates in a simulation of discussions regarding the tragedy of SS St. Louis.
King Lear, “Papa Doc” Duvalier, Colonel Walter E. Kurtz and Anse Bundren? Imagine a unit that examines the tragic hero and patriarchy in King Lear, As I Lay Dying and Apocalypse Now. To liven the brew, learners are asked to include in their study a modern political leader who rules or ruled paternalistically. An active modification to the plan could detail how the writer can take his/her findings, address their political leader, and express their leadership concerns with those of King Lear, "Papa Doc", and Col. Kurtz.
Bycatch is a sad reality for many sea turtles, dolphins, and sharks; it occurs when they get unintentionally caught in commercial fishing nets. The class plays a game using popcorn and crackers, each child will attempt to catch the target "fish" without snagging the endangered sea creatures. The game leads into a discussion on what sustainable fishing practices are, and why they are so important. Tip: This short lesson and activity could be a great way to introduce the issue of bycatch, ocean sustainability, and why some ocean animals have become extinct.
Eight multiple choice questions test proficiency with "low advanced SAT level" vocabulary words. Each sentence has either one or two missing words, which readers fill using one of five possible answers. Answers are attached, and contain complete explanations of each correct and incorrect answer.
If you are teaching Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, you can't afford to miss this source. An extensive list of ideas outlines numerous discussion topics, writing prompts, comprehension questions, oral presentations, and projects. Have class members research some element of Greek tragedy and then give a panel presentation about this element, write about the similarities between Jesus and Prometheus, or just answer close reading questions on a provided handout. So many choices!
Why does Winston think sorrow and tragedy are no longer possible? What is a memory hole, and what is its purpose? Although designed as an assessment, these questions on chapters three and four of the Orwell’s dystopian classic could also be used as a group exercise with each group focusing on one question and then sharing their thoughts with the whole class.
Young scholars explore the tragedy of the coal miners camped outside the coal mines of Ludlow Colorado during the spring of 1914. They develop their skills in searching historic databases, retrieving primary source information, and asking critical questions of the content.