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- Fairfax, VA
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Here is an ambitious, yet grade-level-appropriate, series of lessons on early explorers for your first graders. Pupils will discover who the important early explorers were, where they went, why they went there, and what they discovered. There is a map embedded in the plan that they use to trace explorers' routes, and a timeline that offers a visual sequence of the events covered. Very nice!
High schoolers examine how visual and literary images played an important role in the English colonization of Virginia. They analyze the importance of Thomas Harriot's Report on the subsequent development of English colonial plans for Virginia. They look at the connection between Harriot's text and the images that John White and Theodor de Bry created. They see how John Smith's written and cartographic descriptions of Virginia shape the colony's development.
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and write their own bill about public policy and media. The bill is a complicated text, and while there is a jigsaw activity built in, more scaffolding might be necessary. Handouts and assignment sheets are all included in the file. The lesson is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
Introduce your young historians to primary sources. Groups examine several documents that show how individuals can experience the same events in different ways. Included in the packet are worksheets that help readers track information and permit them to contrast the perspectives of the documents. A great way to develop comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Did you know that in Japan you can drink "Poccari Sweat"? Ever heard of "Intervocalic fricatives become contrastive?" Sure. All this and more in a presentation that traces the history of English before England, in England including Old English, Middle English, Modern English, and English as a world language. Great fun for a college-level study of the history of the English language.
Seriously, 93 slides of literary terms? Yes, and well worth the time, although perhaps not all at once. The beauty here is in the concise, easy-to-understand definitions for such well-known terms as imagery and personification, as well as for more esoteric terms such as enjambment and litotes. The color-coded examples are an added bonus.
With resource links, a detailed procedure, embedded primary source documents, and a Readers Theater script, you're ready to teach! Re-enact historical events in order to boost historical perspective, discern main ideas, and draw inferences. Read a historical document containing various perspectives on Columbus' journey to find new land. Use those documents as the basis for a Readers Theater performance focused on British colonization and commerce.
Students recognize the characteristics of an extended definition. In this Renaissance person instructional activity, students read a collection of short stories. Students research the definitions of Renaissance and Renaissance person. Students write an extended definition.
Students choose three activities that demonstrate their knowledge of North Carolina history. In this North Carolina history lesson, students choose three activities from a tic-tac-toe sheet to complete. They research information, write a paragraph, and/or complete creative projects. They work with Native American history, pirates, folktales, and historical timelines.