Young scholars identify heroic actions in various situations. They discuss characteristics of heroes, analyze various scenarios, create their own scenarios and resolutions to the conflicts, and participate in role-playing activities.
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The Heroic Actions of the Passengers of Flight 93
Superman, Spiderman, New York City Firefighters, passengers on Flight 93. As part of a study of the events of 9/11, class members consider the heroic actions of the passengers on Flight 93, and then craft an essay comparing their...
5th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Heroes Among Us
A hero is not always dressed in uniform. Here, scholars gain insight into traits of heroism through images and a survivor's story about the heroic actions his colleagues took to save him from the September 11th terrorist attacks. With...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Democracy in Action: Freedom Riders
This is a must-have resource for every social studies teacher covering the civil rights movement. Through an engaging video and detailed viewing guide, young historians learn about the Freedom Riders, and discover how everyday...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Lesson Before Dying: Character Development
What characteristics would your class attribute to a hero? Have them explore heroic acts and character development with a lesson from Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After discussing a handout, readers decide if small acts can...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Our Shared Humanity
Ann Shin's award-winning documentary, My Enemy, My Brother introduces viewers to Zahed Haftlang and Najah Aboud, two child soldiers on opposite sides during the Iran-Iraq war. After viewing the film, class members are asked to reflect on...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
The Man in the Red Bandana
Every person has the chance to be a hero in some way, but those who take the opportunity are truly heroic. Welles Crowther, also known as the man in the red bandanna, lost his life on 9/11 as he saved many more. Middle schoolers discuss...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
What is a Hero?
What is a hero? Find out with a lesson that highlights the heroes that risked their lives on September 11, 2001. Class members take part in a grand conversation discussing what heroes are, how we celebrate them, and write a letter to a...
K - 2nd Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
John Brown: Hero or Villain?
"Love it or leave it." "You're either for us or against us." Rhetoric and it's polarizing effects are the focus of a instructional activity that uses John Brown's attack on Harper's Ferry as an exemplar. Groups examine primary source...
8th - 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