I Was Hungry
Students engage in a lesson that focuses on the problem of hunger in the world. They are presented with the concept of being a global citizen. The context of the lesson is the reading of poetry and focusing on the statement "I was homeless".
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A Close Reading of Learned Hand's "I Am an American Day"
Judge Learned Hand's "Spirit of Liberty" speech delivered during the July, 1944 "I Am an American Day" celebration is the subject of a close reading activity that models for learners how to approach a dense, difficult text.
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
When I Was Puerto Rican: Questioning Strategy
How adept are your readers at responding to four types of questions, questions where the answer is found right there in the text, think and search questions, author and you question, and on my own questions? Use a worksheet to...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Was Bias A Factor? Make an Argument
The ability to analyze an argument is a skill emphasized by the Common Core standards. Offer your class an opportunity to develop and hone their skills by providing them the testimonies in an Oregon court case. After reading the facts of...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
From the Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass
Excerpts from The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass provide middle schoolers an opportunity to discuss ways to overcome adversity. After reading the passages, class members use the provided questions to discuss Douglass' resilience,...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 7
A story about feral girls raised by werewolves is sure to have some interesting character development! Track the ways the girls and their teachers act, speak, and change with a lesson focused on Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's Home for Girls...
9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Introduction to the Holocaust
Young historians gain a well-rounded insight into the tragedy of the Holocaust by exploring pre-war Jewish life, reading and discussing survivor testimonies, and illustrating their understanding by using their own words and those of a...
7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
2 Finalists Vie to Be ‘Master Chef Junior’
What does it take to be a teenage chef? Learn about the final two contestants in a cooking competition in an interview with both youngsters. After your class reads the four-page interview, they answer a series of questions based on the...
5th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I
Listen and analyze as the narrator explains why he identifies World War I as "the war to change all wars". In summarizing the events of the Great War, this episode also details the particular experiences, fears, and motivations of...
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable