Is It Valid?
Seventh graders determine the validity of a variety of resources. Areas to consider are publication date, coverage, language, point of view and primary and secondary sources. The lesson is helpful to begin developing research skills.
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Appellate Courts: Let’s Take It Up
How does the Court of Appeals function in the United States, and how does it differ from the Supreme Court? Beginning with an overview of a case involving a school strip search and its process through the judicial system, this resource...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Analyze How an Idea is Developed Over the Course of a Text
John Moir's Smithsonian article, "The Little Owls That Live Underground," is used to model how a writer develops a main idea in a nonfiction text. Viewers are shown how to collect data about the 5H's (who, what, when, where, why) and...
10 mins 7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Acknowledge an Opposing View in Argumentative Writing
Figuring out and addressing a counterargument is often the most difficult part for pupils when writing a persuasive essay. Beginning writers will often skip over it completely, or put it in and fail to point out how their own argument is...
4 mins 7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Check It Out: Verifying Information and Sources in News Coverage
If it’s in the news it must be true, right? Prompted by a New York Times article, class members consider the importance of accuracy in reporting and validating sources. The detailed plan includes warm-up exercises, discussion questions,...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
And Your Point Is . . .? Part II
After researching recent community or political issues, paired with a review of proper debate format, class members select a topic, adopt a side, and prepare for a debate. The value in this resource is the review of debate procedures,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Check it Out...Nonfiction Can Be Fun!
Organizing information gathered for a research topic can be a challenge. Read aloud notes you have collected on a topic and use suggestions offer by the class to categorize and sort this information. Partners then follow this pattern,...
5th - 9th English Language Arts
Drawing Conclusions - Is This a Map of the Underground Railroad?
Young scholars complete activities to study potential maps of the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students watch a video about map collector Anne Zorela's Underground Railroad map. Young scholars complete a...
7th - Higher Ed English Language Arts