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How Fair Use Works

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What's fair is fair! Using the resource, scholars discuss the key differences between fair use and copyright. Next, in small groups, pupils create and present projects that demonstrate fair use of copyrighted material, such as a song,...
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You Are the Product

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What does it mean for a product or service to go viral? Scholars explore the topic by reading an article about the economics of social media. After reading, they complete a 3-2-1 data chart with information they learned from the text and...
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Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln's Greatest Speech

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Most Americans have heard of the Gettysburg Address, but may not know what it means and why is it so important. Following guidance and scaffolded prompts, scholars analyze the short document that left an undeniable impact on the American...
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Joshua Chamberlain Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
While Joshua Chamberlain's name is not as iconic as Abraham Lincoln or Robert E. Lee, he still played a pivotal role in the military engagements of the Civil War. Using two secondary sources—including one that draws heavily from his...
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Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Fake 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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Extranjeros and Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A three-part lesson gives light to the Unites States expansion from the view of Texans, New Mexicans, and Californians. Through videos and written activities, scholars work collaboratively to research specific individuals and their...
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Elements of an Epic

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Mythic heroes, gods and goddesses, and epic tales come alive as young artists craft their own graphic novel or mind map for classic epics, including The Odyssey, Beowulf, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, identifying the six elements of every...
EngageNY

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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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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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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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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Author’s Stylebook: Pacing

For Teachers 10th Standards
What techniques do writers use to create pacing in a narrative? Learners read David Matthews' essay "Pick One" and analyze its pacing. They answer text-dependent questions to demonstrate understanding and learn about subordination and...
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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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The Declaration of Independence in Six Parts

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Everyone knows that the Declaration of Independence is important, but what does it actually say? Members of American history classes analyze the Founding Fathers' arguments against British tyranny and for a more perfect union with a...
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EngageNY

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 7

For Teachers 10th Standards
How did it happen? Scholars take a look at how the author describes the order of events in an excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Learners use a Surfacing Issues Tool to guide their thoughts. Finally, they share ideas with...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
Is writing a craft? Scholars work in pairs and groups to uncover author's craft presented in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. They answer guided questions, discuss with peers, and analyze the series of events. The completion of a...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 3: Unit 1, Lesson 1

For Teachers 10th Standards
Can people live forever? Scholars ponder the answer as they analyze an excerpt from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. As readers discover Lacks' immortal cells, they discuss how the author carefully sequences, connects, and unfolds...
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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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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 1

For Teachers 10th Standards
Rafael Trujillo was president of the Dominican Republic in the 1930s. Pupils read and analyze the first six paragraphs of Julia Alvarez's autobiographical essay "A Genetics of Justice," in which the author describes Trujillo's impact on...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 14

For Teachers 10th Standards
Let's see how the story unfolds. Scholars take a close look at paragraphs of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" to determine how King unfolds his analysis of church. Before arriving at an answer, learners work in...