Action and Voice: Active or Passive
Students discuss the different levels of political participation. They use the internet to search for information on candidates and to review their websites. They write a summary based on the class's discussion.
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Voicing Your Opinion
To conclude a unit study designed to help class members develop the skills they need to become informed voters, class members select a current community issue and voice their views either by attending a local meeting or crafting an...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Racist and Religious Hate Crime
Address the current political climate with a series of thought-provoking activities. A resource packet provides pupils with strategies for challenging racist behavior and religious prejudice, and moves them from being passive bystanders...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Their Eyes Were Watching God: Characters
Delve into the world of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston with an in-depth activity about character development. Have kids discuss plot points and character relationships with several discussion questions, and then...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Courage “In the Time of the Butterflies”: A Common Core Exemplar
The courage of Las Mariposas, the Mirabal sisters, is the focus of a series of activities designed to accompany a reading of In the Time of the Butterflies that ask readers to consider what it means to be courageous. Beautifully crafted...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Want to be an Activist? Start with Your Toys
Who says you have to be famous to have your voice heard? A well-spoken 14-year-old tells her story of activism, and how it had a ripple effect that ended with toy company Hasbro inventing a whole new line of gender-neutral cooking...
5 mins 5th - 12th Social Studies & History
Committing to Nonviolence: A Lesson from Viva La Causa
Students examine the social change movements of the American 20th century. In this nonviolence lesson, students research the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Caesar Chavez. Students compare and contrast the social...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Liberty for All: Voices from the Revolution
Did the Declaration of Independence really intend to grant liberty for all? Get your class thinking about historical perspective with documents relaying the experiences of women, white men, and African-Americans during the Revolutionary...
8th - 10th Social Studies & History