Humanity's Quest for Utopia in History and Literature
Eighth graders conduct discussions about The Giver in Literature Circles. They find intriguing passages and share them; make connections to life or other literature; and illustrate an idea from the reading artistically or graphically.
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The Rights of Women in the United States (Secondary)
What do your pupils know about abusive relationships and equal rights? Expand their knowledge with a series of activities that provide discussion opportunities and information about rights and abuse. First addressing issues relating to...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Historical Agency in History Book Sets (HBS)
Study historical events by combining the study of historical fiction and non-fiction. Learners read about true past events in historical fiction novels and then research non-fiction accounts of the same events. What are some differences...
5th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Portraying the Ideal Warrior in Art and Literature
Samurai warriors had a code that defined what an ideal warrior should be. Learners use a Venn diagram to compare the way the ideal warrior is portrayed in art and literature. They analyze a screen entitled The Battles at Ichi-no-tani and...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Do We Remember Revere? Paul Revere's Ride in History and Literature
Middle schoolers examine primary documents regarding Paul Revere's ride and its role in the Revolutionary War. They consider how Revere's role has been written about by Longfellow and others and discuss the discrepancies between accounts.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
New Review Civil Rights or Human Rights?
Young citizens consider the American civil rights movement as part of the global struggle for human rights. After using a timeline activity to learn about the major events in the civil rights movement, class members study Malcolm X's...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
How Did Dracula Become the World's Most Famous Vampire?
What has copyright law have to do with the Dracula, the most famous vampire in history? Check out the twisted tale of how a fight over the royalty rights to Bram Stoker's novel gave immortality to the blood sucker.
5 mins 6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Dark Materials: Reflecting on Dystopian Themes in Young Adult Literature
The Hunger Games. Maximum Ride. Why is so much of young adult literature so dark? What is the appeal of dystopian literature to young readers? The six activities in this resource ask kids to reflect on some of the reasons this genre has...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Native American Literature
Practice grade-level reading comprehension with this lesson, in which middle schoolers read different examples of Native American literature. They discover different cultures while examining their own, and answer questions related to the...
8th - 12th English Language Arts
The South, the North and the Great Migration: Blues and Literature
Here is a complex lesson that interweaves the history of the Jim Crow South and the Great Migration with the study of poetry, art, and blues music from the Harlem Renaissance. This plan helps young historians develop a deep understanding...
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts