Becoming Well-Informed "Californians" or The Democracy of
Ninth graders discuss the California Recall Election on both practical and ethical levels. They write reflection papers and research the candidates. They develop and give informational speeches about their chosen candidates.
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World War I Propaganda Poster Project
Beginning with an introduction to the purpose of the Committee on Public Information in the United States in World War I, this handout will help you launch a wartime propaganda poster project in your class. It includes directions on what...
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Adaptable
The Day The Earth Stood Still: What Is a Movie?
Middle schoolers explore the art of film with this carefully scaffolded series of lessons that introduces film genres, explores the narrative structure of films, and uses The Day the Earth Stood Still to model how to become active...
6th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Christmas Carol Study Guide
Bah! No need to make amends for an opportunity missed if you take advantage of a resource packet designed to accompany a viewing of the musical version of A Christmas Carol. Stuffed with goodies, with activities, exercises, worksheets,...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Participating in Democracy
Students analyze film clips in class. In this democracy lesson, students identify the differences between civil liberties, democracy and freedom. Students view a video regarding Japanese internment and answer study questions as well as...
8th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
Popular Culture and Japan’s Gross National Cool
From Manga to Godzilla and Pokemon, Japanese pop culture has been taking the globe by storm. This phenomenon is called "soft power." Learners will examine the differences between hard and soft power, as well as learn the historical and...
7th - 9th Social Studies & History
Lesson Plan: Blending Observation and Imagination
Upper graders analyze the work, Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Maria van Oosterwyck. They consider the value of her paintings and how they are still relevent and sought after, 350 years after they were created. The blending of...
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Why Do We Have Museums?
How did the tradition of collecting and displaying interesting items to the public begin? How have museums evolved over time? Offer your young historians a fascinating look into a cultural pastime we so often take for granted in the...
6 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Study of Twentieth Century British Culture through Art and Literature
Here’s an interesting approach to the analysis of similar subjects in different mediums. Based on the methodology of Professor Jules Prown, learners apply his three stages (description, deduction, and speculation) to a painting and a...
9th - 12th English Language Arts