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Basil Heatter, "The Long Night of the Little Boats" - Grade 8
“It was a miracle.” Basil Heatter’s “The Long Night of the Little Boats,” which details the miraculous rescue of the British army from the shores of Dunkirk in 1940, is featured in a series of exercises that ask class members to read, reread, paraphrase, and discuss the text before crafting an essay about the piece.
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Pearl Harbor Controversy
Did Roosevelt know about the planned attack on Pearl Harbor prior to December 7, 1941? After examining primary and secondary source materials, viewing documentary footage on the attack, a History Channel video on the controversy, and engaging in group and full class discussions, individuals present their response to the central question as an argumentative essay.
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Ocean explorers or mathematicians research the wreck of the CSS H.L. Hunley. They investigate the actual dimensions of the Hunley using math and measuring skills. Afterward, they sketch a large scale drawing of the submarine outdoors on the black top.
5th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Figurative Language
Extend your instruction on similes and metaphors with a lesson on Emily Dickinson's "Hope is the thing with feathers" and "There is no Frigate like a Book." After a discussion on the images of each poem and their meanings, kids write an analysis on the difference between light and darkness in "Tell all the truth but tell it slant" and how it relates to truth.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
World War Two Causes
Background sheets, crossword puzzles, graphic organizers... oh my! If you're searching for a range of activities and worksheets on the subject of the onset of World War II, then this is the booklet for you. Featured topics include the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler's rise to power, the failure of appeasement, and the first German invasions of the war.
5th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Learning Guide to Thirteen Days
While Thirteen Days is a fantastic film to use in the classroom in reference to the Cold War and the Cuban missile crisis, it is important to take care to effectively and properly incorporate its contents into your curriculum. This website guides a teacher through a description of the film and its historical accuracy, offers discussion questions and possible student responses, and provides a variety of supplemental readings and resources.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
If you are previewing the film Glory for your young historians, this packet may help you spark ideas for discussion and offer some interesting facts and quotations that may add to your presentation of this Civil War narrative. It includes a few worksheets that learners can use to track character development and major themes, as well as a fact sheet regarding black soldiers in the war and the 54th regiment.
7 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Meaning of America: National Identity and Why It Matters
Combining a close reading of a classic American text with the study of history can be a very powerful strategy, and this is most certainly the case with this resource using Edward Everett Hale's The Man without a Country. Consider themes as citizenship and national identity using the engaging discussion questions and prompts in this resource, and use the included videos to present an example of high-level discourse.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review NATO: After the Cold War
Why was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formed, and what is its mission? Learners discuss NATO's participation in various events throughout the Cold War, as well as work in groups to analyze whether those responses were appropriate.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The War of 1812
After reading a sample memo regarding the conflict with Britain and France before the War of 1812, your class members will assume the role of James Madison and brainstorm how to handle the situation. They will then analyze the creation and context for the Star-Spangled Banner, and finally create a movie poster to represent the war.
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Home Front: How Did People Prepare for the War at Home?
Wars have a profound effect not only on a country's soldiers, but also on the everyday lives of its citizens. Invite your young historians to discover how Britain prepared for the Second World War by analyzing a series of government posters regarding rationing, evacuation, and anti-German propaganda.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Legacy of Pearl Harbor
Students are introduced to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and asked to consider reasons why Japan might have wanted to expand its territory in the early 1940s. They read firsthand accounts of what it was like and write letters to U.S. servicepeop
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
President Madison's 1812 War Message: A Documentary Review
Students analyze primary documents to determine why President Madison believed it was important for the US to declare war with Great Britain. Students research documents on the Internet to determine President Madison's argument for going to war.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
New Review Journey Under the Sea
Discover the interesting world of maritime archaeology and explorations under the sea with this nice set of worksheets, which cover such topics as search tools and techniques of underwater archaeology, carbon dating, vessel types, and archaeological underwater finds.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Samurai, Daimyo, Matthew Perry, and Nationalism
What really constitutes nationalism? The video's narrator reviews this concept in detail and covers a range of topics in the nineteenth century, from the creation of the Ottoman Empire to the Opium Wars of the mid-1800s. He spends great deal of time focusing on Japan as a case study, including information on the daimyo, the restoration of the imperial throne, and the country's rise as a modern nation-state.
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The Science of Nuclear Power
As physics masters view this presentation, they learn how nuclear power is used in submarines. They use Google Maps to plot a course through the ocean and calculate the time required for surfacing and traveling. They learn about fission, gamma rays, critical mass, and exponential decay.
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed