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Is the Ruble Becoming Rubbish?
Students analyze the effects of economic turmoil on the Russian economy and relate them to the local economy and their own lives. They trace the ripple effect of a troubled economy from a local business to the rest of the community.
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Education and the Economy of the Soviet Union circa 1950-1990
High schoolers participate in a closed-market simulation to experience the characteristics of communism. In this communism lesson, students evaluate pohotgraphs of Russian high schoolers and compare them to American students. High...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story
How did South African apartheid affect the ability of people of color to increase their human capital? Here is a rich instructional activity in which learners come to understand the relationship between investment in human capital and...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
“As the War Turns": Exploring the Drama of the Civil War
As part of their study of the American Civil War, class groups investigate Civil War casualties, medicine and disease, conscription, prisons, the life of a soldier, and Civil War spies. Then they script and perform a soap opera drama on...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Read and Infer: Emerson's "Self-Reliance"
The complete text of Ralph Waldo Emerson's manifesto "Self-Reliance" is accompanied by 9 excellent reflection questions. Encourage quadrant D-level thinking by challenging readers to infer, evaluate, and synthesize meaning from the text,...
10th - 12th English Language Arts
To ERA or not to ERA, That is the Question
Should the Equal Rights Amendment be ratified? Is such an amendment to the Constitution necessary to ensure that all women enjoy equal protection under the law? After reading two primary source documents, class members engage in a...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Time Has Come: Poetry and Drama Use in the Geography Class
Students use drama and poetry in their Geography class. In groups, they role play an interviewer or the interviewee in various plays that were presented to them. In their role, they must locate and label where the countries mentioned...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Interpreting & Verifying the News in an Era of Info Overload
Students practice their critical thinking skills. In this media awareness lesson plan, students read articles about media overload and interpretation of media. Students respond to discussion questions and discuss how they verify news....
7th - 12th English Language Arts