I Belong, But Why Don't You?
Students examine the dynamics on how groups form and how those groups have been not been given full rights. They explain how excluding certain groups can cause conflict. They create ways to overcome those differences between groups.
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Women's Suffrage and World War I
Democracy cannot exist where not everyone has equal rights. Discuss the state of democracy and women's suffrage during World War I with class discussions, debates, and primary source analysis, in order for class members to connect with...
7th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
I Can Identify/Infer Motive
Why do people and characters act as they do? Require your class figure out the motivation of two people or characters they read about in a given text. In the short charts, pupils note down who, what they do, and why they do it. After...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Royal Seal What Can It Tell Us?
Analyze the images and details of the Great Seal of Queen Elizabeth I, and discover clues that reveal how one of the greatest monarchs in the history of England wished to be seen and respected. This is a great way to discuss how even to...
7th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Does an Author Write?
To get to the heart of a writer's purpose, just remember to have some PIE (Persuade, Inform, or Entertain)! And appropriately, here is a PIE chart that leaves room for pupils to identify each letter of the acronym and any other ideas or...
1st - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Study Guide: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Meant for use with Maya Angelou's first autobiographical volume I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the materials here are designed for a homeschool setting, but they'd suit any classroom or text. Graphic organizers, chapter summary guides,...
8th - 11th English Language Arts
Building Background Knowledge: Why Do Workers Strike? (Chapter 11: "Los Aguacates/Avocados")
Make connections between Esperanza Rising and human rights with the activities outlined here. The instructional activity starts out with a brief quiz and review of the novel. After that, pupils circulate and share quote strips that you...
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
When to Use "Me", "Myself" and "I"
Clarify your kids' writing with a video about pronouns, specifically me, myself, and I. As kids watch the short video, they see cute robots demonstrate the proper use of each pronoun, as well as the definitions of reflexive and intensive...
3 mins 2nd - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Immigration: Why Come to the United States?
Don't limit your curriculum to texts! Young historians listen to a song, read an interview, and examine a cartoon as they explore motivations for immigrating to the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Don't Ants Get Stuck In Traffic?
Ants don't get stuck in traffic jams because they work together. View an intriguing video that explores the flow of ant traffic by comparing it to car road traffic. If ants can keep their flow of movement steady, then why can't humans?
7 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History