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High schoolers classify information regarding American involvement in wars. For this classification lesson, students examine the causes of the war in which the United States has been involved, and classify them as mainly political, social, economic, or geographic in nature.
Eleventh graders study the history of immigration from 1850 to the present. In this American History lesson, 11th graders compare the 1924 and 1965 immigration acts and give a reasoned opinion on each. Students research, write, and make a presentation on a notable immigrant to the United States.
Students examine the clash between the North and the South. In this Civil War lesson, students watch segments of the Discovery video "The Civil War: A Nation Divided". Students conduct further research pertaining to the economies and other regional differences of the North and the South. Students write essays based on their impressions of Lincoln's speeches as well.
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members explore these questions and craft an essay that presents their reflections. The packet includes a brief plan but the real value is in the resources included. Provided are a resource list, a reflective essay writing assignment, rubric, and exemplary writing sample. In addition, templates for “Power Quotes,” historic events, famous people, significant art and architecture, education issues, fads, fashions, literature, music, and radio shows are provided.
Learners listen to the EconTalk podcast with economist Keith Hennessey before diving into an economics lesson. They are shown how the Congressional Budget Office calculates their yearly spending. Then they read the Budget Control Act from 2011 and consider scenarios that the Joint Committee might discuss.
Upper graders listen to a podcast on the EconTalk website featuring economist Keith Hennessey. The podcast focuses on the Budget Control Act of 2011, the national debt, and government spending. They read specifics about the BCA, then give an opinion about what the government's next move should be. Related questions are included to check for comprehension or to use for a group discussion.