Integrating Public Accommodations in Kentucky
Middle schoolers watch videos and conduct research on the belief systems and values related to segregation in Kentucky.
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Taking a Stand on Public Policy
Relate policy decisions to classroom activities. In order to prepare for a writing activity in which they will need to choose a side, learners are first given a sample policy for which they must choose yes or no and walk to the side of...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Constitution in the Classroom: The Right to Vote
The system of checks and balances is integral to the functionality of the United States government. Learn more about the ways the three branches of the government work together—and about the limitations of their power—with an informative...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Tribute in Light
Grief, though heavy, can create beautiful works of art to ease the pain of loss and shock. Middle schoolers focus on the artistic Tribute in Light in response to the events of September 11, 2001, and create their own tributes to the...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Learning About Immigration in North Carolina with “A Home on the Field”
Paul Cuadros's A Home on the Field, the story of his attempt to create a soccer team for Hispanic immigrant children in a North Carolina high school, launches an investigation of immigration and the issues immigrants face.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Checks and Balances: Safe Harbor
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Architecture: It's Elementary!—Fifth Grade
Young citizens construct an understanding of urban planning in this cross-curricular unit. Covering every aspect of city development from the political, economic, and social influences to sustainable building practices, this 10-lesson...
4th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasive Essay: Should Cities Have Natural or Green Spaces within ½ Mile of Every Resident?
Introduce public policy and persuasive writing with a well-designed activity for junior high learners. The writers develop a stance on whether cities should have natural or green places within a half a mile of all residents. Included are...
7th Social Studies & History
Polling and Public Opinion
Most people are eager to offer their opinions about topics of interest, but what's the most effective way to collect and assess these opinions as a matter of fact? High schoolers learn about the history of polling, as well as the...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Dear Miss Breed
This compelling plan based on the letters in the book Dear Miss Breed engages readers in learning what it was like for Japanese Americans following the attacks at Pearl Harbor. After reading the letters, young scholars will partake in...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable