A Fresh Start?
Learners examine the roles and responsibilities the Department of Defense holds. They read an article about the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld. They develop questions to submit to the White House about the recent changes.
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Journals: Every Picture Tells a Story
Looking for interesting journal prompts? How about a series of photos? Or are you making up a story about a stranger encountered on the street? Or making up the story behind a song? This assignment sheet details five fresh ideas for...
8th - 12th English Language Arts
Japanese Festivals and Holidays
Bring the excitement and beauty of Japanese festivals into your classroom. Kids with special needs create calendars that reflect special festivals and holidays common to Japanese culture. They start the project by creating a list of...
3rd - 11th Special Education & Programs
Two Sides to Every Story: Task 2 Day 3-5
After reading the poem "It Happened in Montgomery," learners start analyzing. They read, re-read, highlight, and discuss the poem, how it portrays a historical event, main idea, and supporting details. This is a single part of a larger...
7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Unit 1, Lesson 1
Here's a fresh approach to the dreaded college application personal narrative. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is the anchor text for a unit, that through modeling and guided practice exercises, encourages not only the development of...
12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
How Safe is that Fresh Autumn Cider?
Students research the federal (and state) standards covering the production and sale of cider as well as the E-coli problem that started all the concern using provided links. Students conduct interviews and write about the situation in...
11th - 12th English Language Arts
Do Presidential Candidates Need to Be Good Debaters?
Blogs can be a good way for learners to engage in writing, critical thinking, and social media in a formal way. The New York Times has provided learners age 13-18 with an article, background information, and several prompts to get them...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Everyone's a Critic: Analyzing Sitcoms as Cultural Texts
Start by defining the word sitcom with the goal of launching a discussion. What exactly is a sitcom? How is a sitcom different from sketch comedy, drama, and reality television? Class members give examples, remember storylines they've...
9th - 12th English Language Arts