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Jewish Resistance

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Resistance to the Holocaust took on many forms. Learners explore the passive and active resistance of Jewish people who continued their practices and observances, as well as organized resistance against the evils of the Nazis. An...
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The "Final Solution"

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Nazi policies shifted from deportation and imprisonment to extermination of the Jewish people in death camps in the "Final Solution." Learners examine photos of artifacts, read poetry written by survivors, analyze testimony from...
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Survivors and Liberators

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The end was just the beginning. The period immediately after the end of World War II and the Holocaust is often called "The Return to Life" as survivors looked to reunite and recreate broken families and shattered lives. A two-lesson...
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Nazi Germany

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The Holocaust was an evolution of anti-Semitism, scapegoating, and targeted violence against Jews with Nazi policies. A resource unpacks the escalation in violence, along with the erosion of democratic institutions, during the 1930s....
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The Children and Legacies Beyond the Holocaust

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Using video testimony, primary source documents that detail international agreements, and structured discussions, learners consider the precarious position of children during the Holocaust and other international conflicts, and how to...
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Rescuers and Non-Jewish Resistance

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does it mean to be a rescuer during the time of the Holocaust? Learners consider the role of those who resisted the Nazi invasions, including hiding Jewish people, throughout Europe. Activities include listening to the testimony of...
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The Ghettos

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Young historians examine primary sources, including diaries, poems, and photographs, to consider the conditions in the ghettos and how they fit into the escalation of the Third Reich's plot against the Jewish people. 
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Studying The Holocaust

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
While many young scholars are familiar with the Holocaust, they may not understand the specific history that led to the unprecedented atrocity. The first lesson in the unit helps teachers gauge their pupils' background knowledge. A...
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Plagiarism is Stealing!

For Teachers 9th Standards
Stop, thief! Do your pupils understand the consequences of plagiarism? Lesson three of six in a series of college and career readiness activities demonstrates the dangers of taking credit for someone else's work. Learners engage in...
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Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “What is the virtue of a proportional response?”

For Teachers 9th Standards
High schoolers investigate the dilemma of a proportional response with a lesson about the history of terrorism and militant extremists in the United States. As they examine memos from the FBI and speeches from Presidents Bush and Obama,...
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Researching to Deepen Understanding Grades 9-10: Music and Technology

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Encourage your class to explore their curiosity with a lesson on the research process. After pupils choose a topic of interest, they produce a research paper with textual evidence on their findings. They learn how to assess sources,...
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Building Evidence-Based Arguments: "Search Warrant"

For Teachers 10th Standards
Is personal safety worth sacrificing privacy? Young citizens investigate the issue by examining the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution and documents published by the Department of Justice, President George Bush, ACLU, Apple, and...
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For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is mightier: the pen or the sword? Scholars learn the power of persuasion through editorial writing. Complete with graphic organizers, rubrics, and an interview with an expert in the field, learners first explore what an editorial...
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Drugs + Your Body—It Isn’t Pretty

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Drugs can affect all parts of the body including teeth, skin, heart, brain, and lungs. Use an interactive that explores topics like addiction and the brain, steroid use and skin breakouts, methamphetamine use and rotting teeth, smoking...
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Recovery From Drug Addiction

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Are there factors that put some individuals at a higher risk for drug addiction than others? Learn more about the risk factors that may make some people more susceptible to addiction, as well as protective factors that help prevent...
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Writing an Argument: Innovation in America

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Are American young people prepared to become tomorrow's leaders in technological innovation, or does an obsession with being cool sidetrack essential skills? That is the question freshmen and sophomores must address in a performance task...
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Modern: Industrialization and Global Integration

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The 18th and 19th centuries saw so many political revolutions around the world that it's difficult to consider the importance and influence of the revolutions that affected each country differently: the agricultural and industrial...
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Early Modern: Global Interactions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The moment Christopher Columbus's ships touched the shores of a New World, the old world changed forever. But has it been for the better? High schoolers consider the effectiveness, benefits, and drawbacks of the Columbian Exchange with a...
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Post-Classical: Regional and Transregional Interactions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
International trade from 600 AD to 1450 AD resulted in the flourishing of post-classical civilizations, the expansion of Islam across many regions, and the transmission of rare materials and innovative ideas — not to mention the spread...
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Classical Civilizations: The Rise of States and Empires

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
History is full of great empires rising to power—and falling into dust. But what does religion and a society's belief system have to do with a civilization's fate? A thorough explanation of the impact of world religions on their...
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Foundation of Civilization: Technological and Environmental Transformations

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What are the attributes of a civilization? A unit from Crash Course World History connects the main ideas from four of its videos to define a civilization and to track the transition from the Paleolithic Era to the Neolithic Revolution.
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U.S. Immigration Policy and Hitler’s Holocaust

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Though the Statue of Liberty welcomes political refugees to her shores, the welcoming sentiment has not always been reflected in the American citizenry. High schoolers read about the regrettable period in United States history when the...
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The Metamorphosis

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
How can something be true even if it didn't happen? Invite your classes to investigate the truths found in the world of magical realism as they analyze short stories, poems, informational texts, video, and art from this genre.
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Elie Wiesel's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Elie Wiesel's 1986 Novel Peace Prize acceptance speech is the focus of a lesson that asks class members to read and annotate the speech, discuss the main ideas, and to determine what they believe is Wiesel's main purpose.
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The Ethics of Propaganda

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the short and long-term consequences for consumers and producers of modern media propaganda? Class members ponder this essential question as their unit study of ethics of propaganda concludes. After examining two case studies,...
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Understanding Viral Messages

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine advertising for a product but not being paid to do so. Welcome to the world of Viral Messaging. Class members first view a T-Mobile flash mob video that went viral and has been seen by over 14 million viewers. After analyzing the...
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Authentication Beyond the Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
In an age of fake news, alternative facts, and Internet trolls it is essential that 21st Century learners develop the skills they need to authenticate the facts in viral news. Here is a great way to begin with a resource that provides...
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Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
One of the reasons presidential inaugural speeches are so inspiring is the way word choice reflects the historical context of the time. An interactive timeline invites learners to click on their president of choice and view the most...
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Making Arguments

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
A strong writing resource, designed for high school or college-level writers, guides learners through crafting persuasive arguments. The packet not only provides examples of a variety of argumentative strategies, it gives pointers on how...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 5

For Teachers 9th Standards
After rereading the full text of Walter Mosley's essay "True Crime," groups complete an evidence collection tool worksheet and then class members independently draft a multi-paragraph, evidence-based response that identifies how Mosley...
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Exploring Solutions to Address Radical Disparity Concerns

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, and the protests that followed the 2014 shootings, are the focus of a current-events activity that asks class members to brainstorm and research possible strategies to address the...
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The Concept of Diversity in World Literature

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Communicating across cultures can be a challenge. China Achebe's Things Fall Apart, as well as essays by Achebe and Richard Rodriguez, introduce some of these challenges and provide much food for thought about cultural concepts readers...
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Utopia/Dystopia: The American Dream

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
America was founded by dreamers, and the American dream still resonates in our country today. Track the American dream from its Puritan beginnings to its optimistic descendants with a instructional activity that focuses on speeches by...
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Using TED Talks and Non-Print Texts to Address Reading and Speaking and Listening Standards

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who says that reading has to involve text? Use non-print texts, including videos, TED talks, and podcasts in your classroom to teach skills associated with nonfiction reading, including evaluating claims, finding main ideas, and...
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Grade 9-10 Literacy: The Power of New Media Unit

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
What are the benefits of media use? What are the dangers for young people and for society as a whole? After examining a series of materials, individuals craft an essay in which they explain what is at stake, state their own position on...
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What Leads to Revolution?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
From the essential question about the cause of the American Revolution to a Town Hall meeting hosted by and for your social studies class, a set of American history lessons are a great addition to your Revolutionary War unit. After...
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Private Today, Public Tomorrow

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What responsibility do we have to protect the privacy and safety of others when posting information about them online? This is an essential instructional activity for every learner today experiencing their social and professional worlds...
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Court Rejects New York City’s Portion Cap For Sugary Drinks

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Should city government be allowed to limit the size of sugary drinks? Class members read and analyze an article from the Huffington Post examining former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed soda ban in 2014.
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Using Credit Wisely

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Receiving credit can be both a benefit and a curse. Prepare your learners to make wise credit choices by studying how credit influences credit scores, identifying the different components of credit cards, and exploring major consumer...
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Bank or Bust: Selecting a Banking Partner

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why shouldn't we just save all our money in our mattress? Couldn't our money disappear? Pupils discover the benefits of utilizing banks and credit unions for saving money, as well as how to evaluate different types of institutions by...
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Privacy Please: Protecting Your Identity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the different ways we are susceptible to identity theft? Impress the importance of protecting personal information and privacy with this resource, which includes an excellent video clip, discussion prompts, and worksheets for...
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Food Safety Smart Curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This is a must-have resource with everything you'll need for studying food safety with your pupils. From handwashing scorecards and cleaning kitchen surfaces to navigating the world of microbes and food-borne illnesses, here you'll...
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Graphic Organizers for Reading Strategies

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Help your pupils grow the reading strategies they need to succeed by supporting them with various graphic organizers. This packet includes a wealth of attractively formatted graphic organizers for predicting, keeping track of plot,...
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Feeling On Display

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Many teen girls and boys experience great pressure to keep up online appearances. Work together as a class to consider the effect of photos on social networking sites, and invite your learners to reflect on such important concepts as...
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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Just because you can, should you? Reflections on the ethics and limits of medical research are prompted by a reading of excerpts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, viewing of clips from the 1931 film, and examining sections of the online...
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Tracking Hurricane News

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Here is a unique twist for your lesson plan on hurricanes. After examining extreme weather news headlines, your storm chasers view a PowerPoint about hurricanes and then zoom in on Hurricane Irene. They map a timeline of her trek up the...
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Summarize Chunks of Text

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Authors, particularly authors of articles and other informational texts, organize their ideas into sections or chunks. Often, pupils will rush through a text or scan over it without really taking any of it in. Readers can deepen their...
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A Close Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
An incredibly detailed and focused resource, this cross-curricular unit uses text dependent questions, primary sources, and close reading to help readers interpret and analyze the content and structure of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg...
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Short But Sweet

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
After analyzing and evaluating news summaries found in the New York Times "Week in Review" section, middle schoolers study the steps for summarizing a news article briefly and accurately. They write two news summaries: one on a newspaper...
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Youth Obesity: Schools Fight Back

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Kids fight obesity by comparing the USDA food intake suggestions to what they personally consume throughout the day. They watch a video, read texts, and explore related vocabulary which they use as they compose an oral presentation. 
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Allowing Students to Explore Simple Physics and Marketing in English Class

For Teachers 9th Standards
Scientific method, linear measurements, friction, inertia. Imagine learning scientific vocabulary in an ELA class. Before researching and developing a presentation about simple machines, class members build a common, but decidedly...
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Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewFake news is all about the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex versus the orbitofrontal cortex. Huh? Get the facts, the real deal, with a short video that explains clearly and succinctly what's going on in our brains that leads us to listen...
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Get the GIST of Fiction and Non-Fiction

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
How do you summarize a text without copying it? Learn the ins, outs, and GIST of how to write a four-step summary using the GIST writing framework.
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To Kill a Mockingbird Setting: A Portrait of a Southern Town in the 1930s

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The characters of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird are formed and informed, in part, by the distinctive historical backdrop of Alabama during the Great Depression. Watch a video that details Lee's experience growing up in Monroeville,...
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Latino Americans Share Their Experiences

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Three Latino Americans are the focus of an interactive that spotlights their accomplishments. Scholars get to know Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judy Reyes, and José Hernández through short informative text and videos. Participants read, take...
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Using Textual Evidence to Analyze Literary Responses to Historical Events

For Teachers 9th Standards
Scholars analyze Animal Farm to learn how to add textual evidence into essays to support their ideas. They search for a deeper meaning to the story and how it relates to the text Totalitarianism and Revolutions in Russia. To finish,...
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"The Gettysburg Address" Close Reading Module

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
It's time to think deep and narrow. Scholars focus close reading on one short text but task take their thinking to a deep level. Readers use a Rhetorical Analysis Chart to analyze The Gettysburg Address and determine how Lincoln used...
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Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit: Plato

For Teachers 9th Standards
Sorry, Charlie. Scholars take a close look at Apology by Plato. Activities analyzing the text help pupils understand, make, organize, and write about claims. Learners work in groups, complete claim tools, and evaluate thinking by filling...
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Reading Closely for Textual Details: "Brain Gain"

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Pupils work in small groups to answer guided questions and discuss the details they found. They also read independently, improving strategies they learned to approach and question text.
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Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit: Perspectives on Terrorism

For Teachers 9th Standards
Lead scholars through a series of lessons that teach them how to develop and support an argument. Pupils first read text of facts and opinions pertaining to terrorism. After forming an argument, they construct an argumentative essay.
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Reading Closely for Textual Details: "Modern Battlefield"

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Pay close attention! After finding details in a picture, scholars begin to find details in videos and text. They work together in groups, discuss in pairs, and carry out independent reading to answer guiding questions. Organizers, tools,...
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Contemporary Antisemitism

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Despite the recognized atrocities of the Holocaust, anti-semitism continues. The 11th and final installment of the Teaching the Holocaust series explores the long-term effects of the Holocaust on modern anti-semitism, asking pupils to...
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Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Bystanders

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
After the Holocaust, the world grappled with how to bring justice to the Nazis. But what to do with the thousands—if not millions—who allowed it to happen? Young historians consider the issues of guilt, collaboration, and responsibility...
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Antisemitism

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Propaganda and anti-semitism were linked to evil ends during the Holocaust. Using video testimony of Holocaust survivors, examples of Nazi propaganda, and discussion questions, learners explore the roots of anti-semitism in Europe and...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 1, Lesson 6

For Teachers 10th Standards
It's time to tie it all together. Scholars reflect on the past five lessons about Death of the Pig in the series. They examine how E.B. White develops a central idea throughout the entire essay before responding to a writing prompt.
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 1, Lesson 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
Class members analyze the details of a section of E. B. White’s Death of a Pig to determine a central idea. Learners use turn and talk to discuss the details and ideas they identified. They then work in groups to annotate the text,...
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Close Reading of Informational/Literary Nonfiction Texts

For Teachers 9th Standards
What does it mean to be Americanized? Pupils read a text excerpt from Edward Bok's "The Americanization of Edward Bok." Next, they engage in the SOAPSTone strategy for analyzing the text. Afterward, scholars write a summary of the...
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Building Ideas and Making Connections: "Monkey See, Monkey Do"

For Students 9th Standards
Reading a scientific article about cross-species synchronization may sound like a yawner. But "Monkey See, Monkey Do" is a fascinating tale that just happens to be about yawning, within and across species. After a close reading, class...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 15

For Teachers 10th Standards
It's time for the grand finale! Scholars finalize their learning in a two-part end-of-unit assessment. It covers multiple standards as learners demonstrate their understanding of central idea, comprehension, and supporting details. 
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 11

For Teachers 10th Standards
Have you had a change of heart? Scholars consider if their views change after gaining new information about tissue ownership. They read the court hearings of John Moore and respond to a quick write prompt noting if the new information...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 14

For Teachers 10th Standards
Do you have a valid claim? Learners become judges of claims as they expand on evidence collected in lesson 13 and develop claims. They present claims to one another and respond to questions and counterclaims. To finish, individuals...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 13

For Teachers 10th Standards
Don't argue for the sake of argument. Scholars begin their work in instructional activity 13 and continue into instructional activity 14 as they analyze The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Working in groups, learners work toward...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 10

For Teachers 10th Standards
I know exactly how you feel. That may possibly be a statement between Henrietta Lacks and John Moore. Scholars read the story of John Moore and compare his story of cell use to that of Henrietta. Learners record in a vocabulary journal,...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 8

For Teachers 10th Standards
Sometimes you just need to get to the point. Scholars take a look at an excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. They analyze the excerpt and gather details to determine the central idea. Completing the Surfacing Issues Tool...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 4

For Teachers 10th Standards
It's all about the details. Scholars take a look at how specific details contribute to a central idea in an excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Learners discuss the details in pairs, share with the group, and respond to...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 9

For Teachers 10th Standards
How do authors develop main ideas in their writing? Pupils consider the question as they read and analyze paragraphs 27–31 from Julia Alvarez's essay "A Genetics of Justice," in which Alvarez describes her decision to become a writer....
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 8

For Teachers 10th Standards
How do people's relationships with their parents impact their lives? Scholars read paragraphs 23–26 from "A Genetics of Justice" by Julia Alvarez, in which the author details her relationship with her mother. Pupils discuss how the...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 3

For Teachers 10th Standards
Does trauma have a lasting effect on people's lives? Scholars dive into the topic as they read paragraphs 9–11 of "A Genetics of Justice" by Julia Alvarez, in which the author describes her family's return to the Dominican Republic....
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Where to Draw the Line: Balancing Government Surveillance with the Fourth Amendment

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The question of how to balance Fourth Amendment Rights with national security concerns becomes critical in an age of planned terrorist attacks, election interference, and fake news. Get young social scientists involved in the debate with...
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Mismatch Repair

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What does a cell do when DNA is not copied correctly? An informative video shows budding scientists an example of a mismatch mutation during DNA replication. Viewers learn that to prevent a mutation from occurring, cells have mechanisms...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 13

For Teachers 10th Standards
Freedom is not free. Scholars write to a prompt analyzing two pieces of work that develop ideas about freedom. Readers compare “Freedom” by Rabindranath Tagore and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr. Learners work...
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On Tenterhooks: Analyzing the Etiology of Adolescent Anxiety

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Are the joys of childhood really that joyful? Readers take a look at adolescent and young adult anxiety. Activities include close reading of articles and a self-reflection of scholars' own fears and anxiety. Learners then create a deck...
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Revolution '67, Lesson 2: What Happened in July 1967? How Do We Know?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Even in a world in which dozens of participants and curious onlookers record every controversial event, the basic facts of what happened are often in dispute. Revolution '67, Lesson 2 explores 1967 Newark, New Jersey using an examination...
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What Was Everyday Life like in Colonial Virginia?

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
After reflecting on jobs people perform in the present day, scholars discuss what they believe jobs would have been like in Colonial Virginia during the American Revolution. Small groups then perform a jigsaw using informational packets....
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Reading Informational Text: 11-12th ELA Common Core

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Science, social studies, and language arts resources that address 11th and 12th grade standards for reading informational text can be found in this collection. Take a look at the attached notes for each resource to find the grade 11...
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An Educator’s Guide to the Works of John Green

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The novels of John Green cover the gamut of teenager emotions. A guide to his works provides classroom lesson plans for the novels Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, The Fault in Our Stars, and Paper Towns. Each lesson...
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Reading with a Purpose: Haunted Houses

For Students 8th Standards
Boo! Whether you're easily scared or enjoy a good fright, a reading passage on haunted house attractions is a great addition to a Halloween-themed unit. Learners read a short informational passage before answering multiple choice,...
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Instructional Unit Plan

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Maya Angelou's first autobiography,  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, demonstrates both the author's exemplary writing and the themes of gender and racial injustice that perpetuate beyond the limits of the 20th century. Use a thorough...
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Creating Persuasive and Effective Visuals

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Advertisers know how to use persuasive techniques to create powerful visuals that inform and influence others. Class members examine these techniques and then demonstrate their knowledge as they craft posters, flyers, collages, etc. for...
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Legit-O-Meter

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Pop-ups, banner ads, grammar mistakes ... these are all signs of an untrustworthy website. With the handy Legit-O-Meter poster, scholars can now double-check their sources to ensure accurate, reliable information. The color-coded poster...
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Digital Citizenship: Supporting Lessons and Resources

For Teachers Pre-K - Higher Ed Standards
Just what you needed to get started with your classroom of digital citizens—a collection of lesson plans, apps, videos, and activities, curated by a team of teachers and organized by grade level.
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Reading Informational Text: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Develop informational reading skills that your students can bring to every academic textbook, newspaper article, or political speech they encounter. With lesson plans, projects, and reading passages, a collection featuring resources that...
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Fact and Opinion

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Help your students determine fact from opinion with a collection of resources. In an era of "fake news", this skill is becoming more relevant!
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Reading Informational Text: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Readers of informational text must be able to determine the central idea of a text and and analyze how writers develop these ideas. The resources in this collection are designed to help readers develop these skills. Take a look at the...
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Live and Learn and Pass It On

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
What are some of life's most tried-and-true lessons? Pupils listen to examples from the book Live and Learn and Pass It On by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. They write down their own life lessons to later compile in a class booklet. As a bonus...
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We Have You Surrounded: Exploring Branding, Marketing and Globalization

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Advertising and marketing tells young people what to buy, how they should look, and where they should shop. Scholars take part in examining advertisements and marketing strategies using an eye-opening resource. They carry out reading...
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Not So Fair and Balanced: Analyzing Bias in the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Life is not always fair. Who's heard that before? This same concept moves to a larger scale using prejudice and bias. Pupils discuss where prejudice attitudes derive and how they develop throughout life. Reading comprehension...
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It Ads Up

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
The average cost a 30-second advertisement during the Superbowl is $4 million. Are ads really worth the money? Are people really influenced by them? Scholars take a look at magazine ads and carry out discussion to determine what...
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Analyzing Advertising

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Are advertisements really mind games that persuade people to buy products? Scholars analyze popular ads and think about how these ads influence them. They use reading advertisement comprehension skills and work in groups to analyze...
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Take Two

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Commercial breaks are for more than refilling snacks! Pupils work on reading comprehension advertisement skills and analyze a variety of television commercials. They take part in discussion about the purpose of the commercial, the...
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Be a C.R.I.T.I.C

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is it possible to teach someone to think? Find out using a thought-provoking resource! Scholars learn specific steps to employ to make them better critical thinkers. They analyze materials from stakeholders by carrying out a...
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English Language Arts Examination: January 2017

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
After reading literary and informational texts, scholars answer multiple-choice questions and write both a source-based argument and a text-analysis response.
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Easter Islanders Made Tools, Not War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When studying artifacts, especially tools, how do archaeologists determine what the devices were used for? In what ways might researchers' previous experiences influence their perception of an artifact? An article about researchers'...
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On the Origin of Species

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did Charles Darwin support his controversial theory of evolution with evidence? Use an excerpt from his 1859 work On the Origin of Species to reinforce the importance of making inferences within an informational text, and to discuss...
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September 11th

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
September 11, 2001, is another day that will live in infamy. The resources in this collection not only examine the events of that day, but also the repercussions and the tributes.
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English Language Arts Examination: June 2018

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is graffiti art? Writers explore that question as part of a source-based argument within a set of questions from the NY Regents examination. The assessment from June 2018, part of a larger set of standardized tests, consists of three...
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Social Media Survey

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Survey says ... social media is here to stay! How do the pupils in your school use social media? Using lesson four from a 16-part series, The Social Media Toolbox, learners study surveys and create their own. The resource includes...
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Matchmaking: Interests and Careers

For Teachers 9th Standards
How can people be sure that their personalities and career choices are a match made in heaven? Young adults look inward at the attitudes, emotions, and interests that make them suited for certain vocations during the sixth and final...
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Social Media Education

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Show what you know about social media! The 16th and final lesson in The Social Media Toolbox gives pupils the opportunity to share their social media experiences with their school communities. Groups identify the most important messages,...
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Reporting with Social Media

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does it take to create news stories that are both informative and objective? Aspiring journalists walk the line between engagement and activism with lesson plan 15 of a 16-part series titled The Social Media Toolbox. Grouped pupils...
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Verification

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
When you're putting together a great story, you've got to consider the source! Scholars discover the dangers of errors in reporting during the 14th activity in a 16-part Social Media Toolbox series. Groups collaborate to create a source...
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Social Media Messages

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What are the elements of a good social media post? The 13th activity in the 16-part Social Media Toolbox incorporates all of the typical components found in a Facebook or Twitter post. Scholars work together to create great posts based...
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Twitter Time

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Tweet all about it! Junior journalists explore the Twittersphere to determine its effectiveness as a news broadcasting tool in the 12th installment of the 16-part Social Media Toolbox. Participants follow and record their observations of...
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About Facebook

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
If everyone is on Facebook, should the school's news publication be as well? Scholars study a social media giant in the 11th lesson from The Social Media Toolbox's 16-part series. The activity combines individual study and collaboration...
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Cyberbullying

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What can we do to make our school community more aware of cyberbullying? From The Social Media Toolbox, lesson 10 of 16 takes on the tough topic of bullying. Learners research cyberbullying through online research, then create an...
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Social Media Roles

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Social media has changed the news publishing process, so how does it affect school news publications? Lesson nine in a 16-part series titled The Social Media Toolbox explores the traditional publishing roles through the lens of social...
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A Look at Social Media Policies

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should school news publications use social media if their district is against the use of social media in school? Pupils ponder the policy, then examine their publication's plan in parts seven and eight of a 16-part Social Media Toolbox...
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Law Review

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can your journalism class ensure they use social media responsibly and legally? The sixth lesson in a 16-part Social Media Toolbox series asks pupils to dig deep into the legal aspects of social media use by school publications....
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Social Media Usage

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is there a difference in the way organizations present news via social media and in print? The third in a series of 16 lessons from The Social Media Toolbox explores news outlets and their delivery methods. Groups follow a story for a...
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Why Social Media?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is social media the best way to convey news in your school? Young journalists dig deep into the social media question in the second of 16 lessons from The Social Media Toolbox. After learning about the relationship between social media...
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What Are My Options?

For Teachers 10th Standards
Where do I go from here? Start sophomores off on the right path using an activity designed with the future in mind. The final lesson in a five-part career readiness series helps individuals decide what's important to them before they...
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News Literacy Model Curriculum in Social Studies

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars investigate news literacy in the twenty-first century. They use technology, legal decisions, writings, and digital privacy to analyze the topic. Using what they learned, a group assignment looks into both the challenges and...
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Safety and Kindness Online: Digital Citizenship for Middle and High Schoolers

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
We have always told our students that they could be anything they want to be, but never have these words been truer than in today's expansive digital world. Young users can be friends or bullies, gullible or skeptical, fake or...
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What’s A Hot Job?

For Teachers 10th Standards
What jobs are the next best thing? Curious career scholars explore their options in lesson three of a five-part series. Pupils research job trends and labor statistics before discussing the factors that influence occupation trends. 
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Making Evidence-Based Claims: MLK, Barack Obama

For Teachers 10th Standards
Teach high schoolers how to write arguments and support them with Martin Luther King Jr's Nobel Prize acceptance speech and Barack Obama's Nobel lecture as models. A language arts unit includes multiple strategies and careful scaffolding...
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TASC Transition Curriculum: Workshop 2

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Flipped classrooms and online tools killed the chalkboard! An awesome, hands-on technology workshop asks teachers across all content areas. to examine model lessons, become familiar with research, and explore tech tools they can...
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Summary: Using it Wisely

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Sometimes summarizing keeps a writer from going deeper into their analysis—don't fall into that trap. Learn the difference between summarizing and analyzing using an insightful resource. Focusing on introductions, the lesson shares...
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Argument

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What elements make up a successful argument? A helpful resource describes aspects of an argument such as the claim, evidence, counterargument, and audience. Perfect as an individual assignment for a flipped lesson or collaborative work,...
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African Americans in St. Augustine

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A colorful travel brochure reveals why St. Augustine is considered the birthplace of African-American history. Images and maps bring the rich history of the city to life by displaying the many individuals, events, and sites that honor...
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"One Long, Hot Summer:” Conflict in the Ancient City, 1963-64

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As part of a civil rights unit, class members investigate events in St. Augustine, Florida during 1963 and 1964. After reading the report of the Florida Legislative Investigative Committee, an article by Peter Guinta's article about Dr....
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The Science of Marijuana—How THC Affects the Brain

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Marijuana can affect every part of a user's life—starting with the delicate nervous centers of the brain. An informative article and worksheet prompt teenagers to learn more about how the THC found in most forms of marijuana can...
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Marijuana: Breaking Down the Buzz

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Teenagers get the real information about marijuana use based on the history of tobacco legislation and research. As they read an educational passage about marijuana laws, science, and changing attitudes, they address their preconceptions...
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Analyzing Media Messages

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Telling young people to just say no can be difficult in a world that inundates them with messages to just say yes. A lesson on media messages encourages teenagers to analyze song lyrics and advertisements that mention drugs and/or...
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Lesson 4 James Madison: Internal Improvements Balancing Act—Federal/State and Executive/Legislative

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who has the power? The founding fathers asked the same question when the United States was formed. Learners explore issues that arose during Madison’s presidency that raised constitutional questions. Through discovery, discussion, and...
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Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
What's the difference between medical marijuana and marijuana bought on the street? Not much. High schoolers learn more about marijuana with an informational booklet that focuses on the medical uses of THC, how marijuana affects the...
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Evaluating Online Sources

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
All sources are pretty much the same, right? If this is how your class views the sources they use for writing or research projects, present them with a media literacy lesson on smart source evaluation. Groups examine several articles,...
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Lesson 3: Bias

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do journalists balance bias and ethical reporting? The final lesson in a series of five from iCivics examines the different types of bias and how they affect the news we read. Young reporters take to the Internet to find examples of...
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Mini-Lesson B: Satire

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Hey, what's so funny? Explore the use of satire in a variety of media with a hands-on lesson plan. Fourth in a five-part journalism series from iCivics, the activity introduces satirical language in print and online. Pupils work alone or...
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Lesson 2: Misinformation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Fake news is a hot topic right now ... but what is it? Intrepid young investigators track down the facts that separate journalistic mistakes and misinformation through reading, research, and discussion. Part three in a five-lesson series...
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Mini Lesson A: Monetization

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Advertising is everywhere! Does your class know that their attention span is for sale, even when they're watching a simple news story? The second installment in a five-part series from iCivics examines the relationship between news...
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Writing Arguments in Response to Nonfiction

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Emotional appeal or argument? That is the question. An informative lesson helps your class recognize the difference between a logical argument and an emotional appeal and learn how to craft an argumentative response. Writers develop a...
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I Don’t Think So: Writing Effective Counterarguments

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When it comes to writing effective arguments, writers must do more than simply make a claim, counterarguments must be considered. Aspiring writers analyze counterarguments in editorials, and then learn how to write counterarguments in...
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Think it Through

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What does the media tell the teenagers about using marijuana? Help class members decipher what they are being told about drug use with a lesson on editorial cartoons, subliminal messages, and critical thinking skills.
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Consider the Source

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Who is more trustworthy when it comes to marijuana: a high school student, or The National Institute on Drug Abuse? Sources matter when reading informational text. Help teenagers discern which facts are true with an activity that focuses...
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Marijuana Facts

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Can marijuana really hurt you? Three medical facts and three discussion questions prompt teenagers to consider the ramifications of using marijuana recreationally.
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Lesson 3: What Makes Attitudes Towards Education Change over Time?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
The struggle for women's rights is not unique to this generation, or even to the 20th century. Class members explore the conflicting opinions of Alexander Graham Bell and his wife, Mabel Hubbard Bell, regarding women's pursuits of higher...
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Lesson 2: How Do We Determine the Value of Education?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Have women always had the same educational opportunities as their male counterparts? Young historians read an 1819 essay by Emma Willard on the state of female education in the 19th century before discussing their views regarding women's...
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Lesson 1: How Do Society’s Expectations Influence Education?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
The history of women's education can be traced back to the delicate stitching of student samplers from the 19th century. Modern-day pupils examine and analyze four primary sources, three of which are images of embroidered samplers, which...
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Thomas Jefferson's Library: Making the Case for a National Library

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The United States Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. But such was not always the case. The library was destroyed during the War of 1812. In a persuasive letter to Samuel H. Smith, Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his...
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Social Media for Educators: Supporting Lessons and Resources

For Teachers Pre-K - Higher Ed Standards
Just what you need to get started using social media in the classroom—a collection of lesson plans, apps, videos, and activities, curated by a team of teachers and organized by grade level.
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Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A speaker, a message, an audience. After analyzing these elements in Queen Elizabeth's speech to the troops at Tilbury, groups analyze how other speakers use an awareness of events, and their audience to craft their arguments....
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Looking and Learning in the Art Museum — Lesson 3

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Curator, artist, art handler, archivist, conservator-restorer, guide. Who would have thought there were so many different kinds of museum professionals? After a visit to an art museum, class members reflect on the role of the museum in...
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Raising Teen Awareness of Opioid Abuse

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Educate high school students about the dangers of opioids on the body and mind, the most effective ways to avoid using unprescribed or overprescribed opioids in the first place, and the latest research on the national opioid epidemic....
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Being Reasonable and Ethical Online: Grades 10-12

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What qualities are important in online relationships? What behaviors are reasonable and ethical online? The three lessons in a unit focusing on online bullying are designed to encourage class members to develop a code of conduct for...
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Writing About Informational Text The Berlin Wall

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
On June 26, 1963 President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech close to the Berlin Wall at the Rudolph Wilde Platz. On June 12, 1987 President Ronald Reagan Delivered his famous "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down...
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Explain Yourself: An Expository Writing Unit for High School

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Introduce expository writing with a unit that asks writers to craft an essay to explain a belief, value, or priority that is important to them. Mini-lessons within the unit focus on crafting thesis statements and conclusions, selecting...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 21

For Teachers 9th Standards
Class members read the chapter, "Serfs and Sweetness" from Sugar Changed the World, and identify the central idea that the development of beet sugar and the use of modern farming technology changed the reliance on the plantation system...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 20

For Teachers 9th Standards
After comparing the working conditions of the slaves to those of the Indian indentured workers on the sugar plantations, class members examine the conditions and the actions of certain historical figures that Marc Aronson and Marina...
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A Huntsman and Dogs

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
A picture can convey emotions and messages that would take many paragraphs for a talented author to describe. High schoolers view Winslow Homer's 1891 work A Huntsman and Dogs and determine its mood, main idea, and symbolism with a...
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People Who Built America: Ford

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
The man behind the car that changed the world led a life of ingenuity and innovation. A passage about Henry Ford and his Model T inspires young readers to think more about the ways an idea can contribute to the greater society.
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Don’t Buy a Ford Ever Again, ca. 1960

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Learning how to craft an argument requires viewing an opposing position that one might find odious. An informational text reading assignment prompts high schoolers to read a primary source poster about boycotting Ford automobiles, and to...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 16

For Students 9th Standards
The Sugar Changed the World chapter, "The Sound of Liberty" brings into sharp focus how the differing attitudes toward the slave trade began to shift the issue from an economic concern to a concern for human rights. The passage contrasts...
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James Joyce

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
James Joyce was not the first writer to use stream of consciousness, but the sensory experience in such novels as Ulysses and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was revolutionary in the literary world. Learn more about the...
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Charles Dickens

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How much do you know about the life of Charles Dickens? A thorough video discusses the author's professional successes and private failures with engaging animation and informative narration.
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Gettysburg Address

For Teachers 9th Standards
Looking for an assessment that reveals how well readers understand complex text? Check out an assessment module based on "The Gettysburg Address." Pupils are asked to craft an essay that demonstrates their understanding not only of the...
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Hope Despair Memory

For Students 9th Standards
Elie Wiesel's "Hope, Despair and Memory" provides ninth graders an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to analyze complex text. Individuals craft an essay that draws evidence from the text of the speech to show how Wiesel develops...
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Philosophy - Plato

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Some of the best advice for society, relationships, and personal growth was written nearly 3,000 years ago. High schoolers learn more about Plato's four ideas for reaching eudaimonia, or "fulfillment," in an explanatory video. 
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The Novel — Honor

For Teachers 9th Standards
For classes tackling To Kill a Mockingbird, this lesson plan sets readers up for discussions or essay writing with questions and prompts. The prompts encourage individuals to explore beyond the novel itself, looking at photographs from...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 1

For Teachers 9th Standards
How do writers introduce and develop the central ideas in a text? To answer this question, ninth graders closely examine “The Age of Honey,” the opening chapter in Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos' Sugar Changed the World: A Story of...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 7

For Students 9th Standards
Class members examine the images Arson and Budhos use to depict the working conditions on the sugar plantations and consider how these images support the arguments the writers present in Sugar Changed the World.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 2

For Teachers 9th Standards
The role that scholars at Jundi Shapur, "The World's First True University," played in the spread of sugar across the world is the focus of the second lesson in a unit about how writers develop their central ideas and use evidence to...
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Persuasive Writing Prompts

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
Are student athletes under too much pressure to perform? How should countries respond to acts of domestic terrorism?  Should video games be regulated? Never again will you need to worry about coming up with engaging prompts or complete...
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Reading Informational Text: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
The majority of text that seventh graders encounter is informative, whether they are viewing television commercials, reading science textbooks, or perusing an article about current events. Equip your class with the skills necessary to...
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W.9-10.1 Persuasive Writing: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Introduce your classes to the art of persuasive writing with a collection of materials that model how to introduce precise claims, how to support these claims with strong evidence, and how to use persuasive techniques to bolster their...
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Kindred Teacher Guide

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
A teacher's guide for Kindred provides instructors with a wealth of materials to enrich either a full-class reading or independent study of Octavia E. Butler's popular science fiction novel. The activities are designed to encourage...
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Immigration: Stories, Struggles and Debates

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Considering including Tatyana Kleyn's Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide as part of your course? Check out this curriculum guide designed for use with her book. The activities help learners understand the complexity of the immigration...
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9th Grade Reading Module: Autism, Temple Grandin & Daniel Tammet

For Teachers 9th Standards
Temple Grandin describes how autism allows her to have a unique perspective into the world of animal behavior with her book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior. Ninth graders take notes and...
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Lesson 1: Katrina Strikes

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Most families have an emergency kit in their home with flashlights, water, and extra food. But what happens to your money when disaster strikes? An economics activity focused on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 demonstrates the...
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Sponsored Content as Propaganda

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is sponsored content? Who produces sponsored content? Why? Is it fair or unfair? What are the privacy implications for consumers? To answer these questions, class members view a model screencast before crafting their own that...
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Strategies for Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Teaching reading in the content areas presents its own set of challenges and requires its own set of skills. Learning how to preview a text, how to analyze headings and graphics, topics and subtopics, to recognize claims and evidence...
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10 Ideas for Teaching Black History Month

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Celebrate Black History Month with the help of 10 ideas that delve deep into the history, major events, contributions, famous African Americans, and sheds light on how scholars today can take a proactive stance on current civil rights...
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Speaking and Listening: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
The resources in this collection will help prepare your classes for formal speeches and presentations, as well as help them develop the skills they need as 21st Century learners to prepare for and engage in...
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W.9-10.2 Expository Writing: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Expository writing aims to explain, describe, define, instruct and/or inform. Here are some resources that will inspire your writers, encourage them to think critically, and help them formulate their own ideas. Take a look at the...
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Writing: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Resources designed to address argumentative, information, and narrative writing Common Core standards can be found in this collection. Materials that address writing production, distribution, and research are also included. Take a look...
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W.11-12.2 Expository Writing: 11-12th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The common core standard W.11-12.2 is the focus of a collection that includes lesson plans, unit plans, worksheets, and webpages designed to help your writers craft informative/explanatory essays that clearly and accurately express their...
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EngageNY Grade 9 ELA: Module 1, Unit 2

For Teachers 9th Standards
Through a close reading of excerpts from fiction (Black Swan Green) and nonfiction (Letters to a Young Poet), class members analyze how authors use specific words and figurative language to develop their central ideas. All 11 lessons in...
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Analyzing Stop and Frisk Through Personal Stories and Infographics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How much can you learn about an important topic from a single image? High schoolers analyze an infographic that represents the number of stops performed during the Stop and Frisk police procedure. After building background information...
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Following the U.S. Presidential Election

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Election years provide the opportunity to evaluate news media as well as the next prospective president. High schoolers read about the same event in several different news sources, varying in type, origin, and political leaning, before...
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We Were Strangers Too: Learning About Refugees Through Art

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Did you know that "in the largest refugee crisis since World War II, more the 64 million people have been forced from their homes"? The Anti-Defamation League presents an activity that asks class members to examine a series of artworks...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 1

For Teachers 9th Standards
"True-crime stories, murder mysteries, up-to-the-minute online news reports, and (as always) rumor and innuendo grab our attention faster than any call for justice, human rights, or ceasefires." Or so says Walter Mosley in his Newsweek...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 13

For Teachers 9th Standards
Using the open-ended discussion questions developed the day before, class members engage in a fishbowl discussion of the three texts that anchor the unit: “True Crime: The Roots of an American Obsession," “How Bernard Madoff Did it,” and...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 12

For Teachers 9th Standards
As the first in a two-part, end-of-unit-assessment that encourages readers to synthesize the main ideas of the unit, class members review their notes for each of the three text they read in the unit and develop three open-ended...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 11

For Teachers 9th Standards
Who is to blame for Bernie Madoff's crime? Class members look for evidence Diana B. Henriques uses in The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust to support her claims that we share the responsibility with Madoff.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 10

For Teachers 9th Standards
Did Bernie Madoff fit the profile of a Ponzi schemer because, as Diana Henrique contends in an excerpt from her The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death, he “did not fit the profile of a Ponzi schemer”? Huh? Groups begin their...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 9

For Teachers 9th Standards
Are we interested in crime stories because we either identify with the victims, or do we enjoy watching the rich suffer? Do we feel guilty and want someone to take our blame and let us feel innocent? Groups investigate how the author of...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 8

For Teachers 9th Standards
Class members continue their reading of "How Bernard Madoff Did It" and annotate how the author refines his idea that the Madoff scandal grabbed the attention of a public that is fascinated with crime stories.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 7

For Teachers 9th Standards
After viewing an informational video that introduces Bernard Madoff and the concept of a Ponzi scheme, class members begin reading "How Bernard Madoff Did It," Liaquat Ahamed's New York Times book review that explains Madoff's crime and...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 6

For Teachers 9th Standards
As part of a mid-unit assessment, class members exchange their draft of a multi-paragraph essay with a classmate, review their partner's writing using the provided text analysis rubric, and evaluate the strength of evidence, the...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 4

For Teachers 9th Standards
What are the qualities of a strong written response to a prompt? To prepare for the mid-unit assessment, class members use the provided text analysis rubric to self-assess their response to their homework assignment.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 3

For Teachers 9th Standards
"We need forgiveness and someone to blame." True? Class members continue their analysis of the central claims in Walter Mosley's essay and the support he offers for these claims about people's fascination with crime.