Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review 19th Century Lessons for 21st Century Lives
"A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority." The words of Henry David Thoreau on Civil Disobedience seem particularly relevant today, as are his writings and...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Socrates Prosecution: Just or Unjust
Practice making judgments and tracking claims and evidence with the materials included here. Class members read two included articles about the trial of Socrates, looking at both sides of the argument. They work in small groups to track...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Martin Luther King and Writing as a Tool for Social Change
Learners explore writing as an agent for social change. In this Social Studies lesson, students examine the power of writing using Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Learners will practice the technique of persuasive writing by...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
In the Shadow of My Country: A Japanese American Artist Remembers
Students analyze artist's themes and means of communication, think critically about their sources of information, and weigh claims of national security against the civil liberties of diverse groups.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History
Understanding the Theoretical Basis for Civil Disobedience
Students analyze Henry David Thoreau's 'On the Duty of Civil Disobedience' and Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." In this civil disobedience lesson, students read Thoreau's essay and answer 6 questions for the...
12th - Higher Ed English Language Arts