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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 1
Make a study of the First Amendment and its relationship to freedom. Pupils rewrite the amendment and discuss the central idea before focusing on a specific phrase. After discussing, class members write a journal entry about the included...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Breaking the Code: Actions and Songs of Protest
Ezell Blair, Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil changed history. Their sit-in at the lunch counter of the Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960 became a model for the nonviolent protests that...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Lesson Before Dying: The Plot Unfolds
Track the plot of Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying with a class discussion and timeline. Readers examine the ways the story has developed for Jefferson and for Grant, as well as how their stories have come together. Next, they...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Getting the Most out of Teaching with Newspapers
No matter what subject you're teaching, you'll find some fun and innovative ideas for using newspapers in your classroom with a helpful resource. Based on Getting the Most Out of Teaching with Newspapers by Rebecca Olien, the series of...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 2: The Constitution: Our Guiding Document
Explore the structure and content of the US Constitution in the second lesson of this five-part social studies series. A collection of activities, games, and videos complement a class reading of a document summarizing the US...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Cyberbullying—Alternate Lesson Plan
Should schools be permitted to punish young scholars for off-campus cyberbullying? After reading a passage that details statistics about cyberbullying and Supreme Court rulings about schools' ability to limit student speech, class...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What is Love?
Love is "potentially the most intensely thought about thing in all of human history." We rank, define, and fall into love...but what is it really? Explore the various ways humanity has come to define love, from a set of behaviors or an...
5 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
"Voices from Haiti": Using Poetry to Speak up for a Cause
Explore a real world use of poetry with your class! Young language arts pupils consider the concept of advocacy and how journalism, photography, and poetry can raise awareness for a cause. They read several poems about individuals...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Song Parodies about School
Weird Al Yankovic might have made the parody popular but his name will probably not be familiar to your pupils; however, the songs and illustrations in Alan Katz’s Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs will certainly...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable