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Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Skin color is controlled by at least six genes. Young scientists learn about skin colors through a documentary. They discuss the topics of pigment, natural selection, and vitamin D absorption. They apply their knowledge to higher order...
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Myth of the West: The Battle of the Washita

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Go West, young man! Scholars use PBS video clips, slide shows, and interactive materials to create a picture of Manifest Destiny in the American West. Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, young historians learn about the...
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US History Summer Instructional Packet

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can you boil the historical, cultural, and political events and movements from the last 150 years into a descriptive study guide? You don't have to—it's right here! A thorough resource includes informative text, discussion questions,...
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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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Sustainability: Environmental Management and Responsible Manufacturing

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When you think about environmental sustainability, the Ford Motor Company probably isn't the first company to come to mind. A four-lesson unit introduces learners to the idea of sustainability and environmental stewardship. It describes...
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Strategizing for Freedom

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, and A. Philip Randolph developed different views on how to advancing Civil Rights for African-Americans. Class members research these famous figures and their strategies before...
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Leaders for Today

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Norman Hill, and Rachelle Horowitz were the principal organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. After reading primary source documents about these individuals, their contributions to the march, and...
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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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Hybrid-Electric Vehicles vs Gasoline-Powered Vehicles

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Develop a strategy to make an informed decision. Given a scenario to help a local company decide to buy hybrid or gasoline-powered vehicles, pupils work together to provide a solution. The groups use data of historical gasoline prices to...
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Efficient Storage

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who's the best for the job? A modeling lesson asks your class to analyze job applicants before deciding who to hire to best get the work done. Pupils work in groups to find the best combination of workers that will be able to meet the...
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Amusement Park Physics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Go for a ride with physics! Groups pick an amusement ride to investigate. Using their gathered information, teams develop their own ride and present it to the class. The team mates create a persuasive letter to an amusement park on why...
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Beyond the Gold—The Alaska Gold Rushes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Inquiry, investigation, and research are the hallmarks of a lesson that asks class members to examine a variety of primary and secondary sources about the Alaskan gold rushes. Groups then present their findings in the form of a play, a...
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Fracking: Positive or Negative Impact?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Your teenagers may have heard of fracking, but do they really know what it is? And could they debate the benefits and risks? Educate your environmental science class with a lesson about hydraulic fracturing, non-renewable energy sources,...
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Physics, Technology and Engineering in Automobile Racing

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Start your engines! This five-lesson unit introduces physics and Newton's laws through automobile racing. Each lesson includes background information, a student worksheet, and an answer key. There are also culminating project...
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One Kid, One Vote

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
Learn about why the citizens of Washington, D.C. feel unrepresented in Congress with an article about D.C voting rights. Individuals read about the movement toward congressional representation in Washington, D.C., before answering...
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Marina Pisklakova: Domestic Violence

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
After reading Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discussing background material about domestic violence, class members create a map showing where in their community survivors of domestic violence can get help and...
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We the Jury

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Learners take on the roles of jurors in a civil case to evaluate evidence and determine a verdict in this engaging online interactive experience.
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Drafting Board: Community Service

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should schools impose community service graduation requirements? In the final lesson of the Drafting Board series, learners solidify their practice of crafting an argument supported by sound reason and evidence.
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Drafting Board: Electoral College

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should the president of the United States be voted by the Electoral College or the popular vote? Your young historians will consider the pros and cons of the Electoral College, and make an argument using reasons and evidence provided in...
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Drafting Board: Kids and Credit

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should kids under the age of 18 be given access to credit cards? Learners identify pros and cons of using credit, develop claims based on evidence, and finally argue reasons for or against credit for minors.
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Drafting Board: Military Intervention

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Should countries use their militaries to stop humanitarian crises in other countries? Learners make claims, organize their reasoning, and provide evidence for their arguments with this rich resource.
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Drafting Board: Interest Groups

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Does the influence of interest groups harm a political system? Your class members will analyze the role of interest groups in American politics, as well as consider the effect of perspective, bias, loyalty, and the First Amendment.
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Collectivization Paragraph

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Was Joseph Stalin's policy of collectivization overall beneficial for the Soviet Union? After reading a variety of primary and secondary source excerpts on the topic, worksheets guide your learners through analyzing the advantages and...
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Cold War Paragraph

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
By the end of the 1970s, who was "winning" the Cold War? Your young historians will make an argument on this topic in a very well structured paragraph, focusing on either the political, technological, or economic competition between the...