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Identifying Universal Themes Across Cultures
Have your class read the story "The Magic Lake," retold by Liana Romulo, from Filipino Children's Favorite Stories. Guide them to identify the problem, solution, and universal theme. They compare the theme of this story to the theme of...
4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Holocaust & the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Your young historians will analyze several primary source documents regarding the Holocaust and then incorporate the information they have gathered into an essay on the treatment of Jews and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
6th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civil Rights of Japanese-American Internees
Prompted by a viewing of Emiko and Chizu Omori’s Rabbit in the Moon, a documentary about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, high schoolers examine a series of documents, including the Bill of Rights and the UN’s...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Neutrinos Matter
What can we learn from one of the smallest particles in the universe? A lot more than you might expect. Check out this short video as it takes a closer look at neutrinos, tiny elementary particles that carry valuable information from the...
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable
Human Rights in the US
Introduce your class to human rights and ask them to consider big questions about being human. Small groups create characters and represent their characters on large paper with images and words. After a discussion, they define human...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The People Behind the Statistics
Invite your class to experience human rights situations first hand. Following an introduction to human rights, class members read statements and categorize them as a whole class. They then work in small groups to prepare a role play as...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Close Reading: The Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
As part of a group of lessons, your class will return to the primary text for this unit, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Key vocabulary as well as close reading strategies continue to be the focus skills; however, this...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Are Gay Rights "Special"?
Inspire critical thinking with this activity, which prompts students to compare lesbian, gat, bisexual, and transgender rights with the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. By collecting topical articles about...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
WebQuest Solar System Colonization Project 2000
Sixth graders investigate the livability of different planets in the universe by researching and organizing information from a number of sources in this unit project. They decide on a location for a space station which they support in an...
String Theory and the Hidden Structures of the Universe
When we take things apart, we can learn how they work. Physicist Clifford Johnson explains how we break down all objects into elementary particles of matter and forces. Patterns have been identified with the particles, the existence dark...
8 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable
Centers of the Storm: The Lyceum and the Circle at the University of Mississippi
Greek Revival architecture and the Civil Rights Movement? Sure! Examine how the Lyceum and Circle, two historic buildings located on the campus of the University of Mississippi, relate to integration and the 1962 riot on the university...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Galileo: Revealing the Universe
To gain an understanding of the significance of Galileo Galilei's revolutionary ideas, class members watch the short video "Stargazing Before Galileo," and conduct a close reading of Galileo's Sidereal Messsenger. They then compare...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
In an engaging activity on universal and unalienable rights, learners work in groups to establish a democratic nation and determine what principles they want to protect to ensure a democratic society. They conduct a "rights auction" in...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable