Students are introduced to the Rosetta Stone and asked to consider the difficulties of translating ancient texts. They write a message in hieroglyphics and translate each other's work. They evaluate their translations.
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Deciphering Propaganda Posters of World War I
What strategies are employed when creating propaganda? Your young historians will learn about six different techniques utilized in the construction of political propaganda, particularly in the advertisements of World War I. The...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Deciphering the Document: Unlocking the Meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation
Help your learners truly understand the Emancipation Proclamation by asking them the put it into their own words. After reading the document out loud to the class, and briefly discussing the legal language, split your class into small...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review Valentine’s Day = Roses
Roses are red, but did you know that some are lighter while others are darker? Scholars read an infographic to decipher the fraction and percent of rose color and their country of origin. They go on to make comparisons and estimate while...
4th - 8th Math CCSS: Designed
Break the Code: Anthropology Terms
Spice up your study of basic anthropology terms using this decoding worksheet. Using a provided code, learners answer 10 fill-in-the-blank questions. Because the code is very simple, more advanced pupils may enjoy the challenge of...
5th - 7th Social Studies & History
Determining Point of View: Paul Revere and the Boston Massacre
If you're teaching point of view, this is the lesson for you! First, decipher the writer's point of view from a primary resource, then compare and contrast the primary source with a secondary source to explore the Paul Revere's engraving...
5th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Solomon G. Brown: Letter Writing
Personal correspondence in the form of letters is not as common as it once was. This resource presents an opportunity for you to introduce your class to letter writing and cover topics in social studies. Learners read a letter written in...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Rosetta Stone for the Indus Script
Imagine traveling 4,000 years into the future to a time when all knowledge of the English language has been lost. Computational neuroscientist Rajesh Rao uses this hypothetical situation to engage the audience as he discusses his...
17 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Deciphering Your Cell Phone Bill
You just got your first cell phone bill, but what does it all mean? Clear up the confusion for your young consumers as they break down and itemize a cell phone bill to better understand what they are paying for and why. This type of...
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
Now You're Speaking My Language; Deciphering the Symbols of Early Civilizations
Students explore early attempts at written language. In this early civilizations lesson, students investigate first attempts at written communication. Among the civilizations covered are Mayan, Greek, and Egyptian.
9th - 12th Languages