Legal Definitions of Childhood
High schoolers examine how various cultures define childhood. Using the internet, they research how countries around the world determine who is a child. They identify the sources they most relate with as a child.
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General George Washington In Massachusetts — 1775–1776
Who was George Washington? What were the events and principles that formed his character and made him the man he was? To gain insight into this amazing individual, pupils examine multiple primary source materials, from his childhood...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Fast Food in the American Psyche
Help learners make the connection between fast food, television, and social issues in the United States. They will keep a journal of their own habits, view a quick video, compare their habits in small groups, complete a jigsaw activity,...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Does the Defense of Marriage Act Promote the Health, Safety, Morals, and General Welfare of the Public?
Gay marriage is the topic for a structured, academic controversy discussion. The process begins with groups reading primary source documents and recording their responses to text-based questions on the provided graphic organizer....
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Killer Games: Violence in Video Games
Widespread video gaming makes this content relevant and high interest. Developing youth awareness about the impact of violence in games is important to promote literacy, critical thinking, health, and consumer awareness. After reading...
7th - 9th 21st Century Skills
Civil Rights Historical Investigations
The murder of Emmett Till, the Selma to Montgomery march, and the desegregation of Boston schools are the focus of three units that ask class members to investigate why these events were so key in the struggle for civil rights. Groups...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Children's Accountability for Their Crimes
Learners participate in a round-table discussion about the juvenile justice system and investigate the 'age of accountability' debate. They write a persuasive essay supporting or refuting the punishment received by the children discussed...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
A Clone of Your Own: The Legal Issues and the Future of Genetic Engineering on Humans
Twelfth graders define cloning in their own words and examine the different types of cloning. After reading an article, they summarize it in their own words and use the internet to research the history of cloning. In groups, they...