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Are You a Liberal or a Conservative?
Students take an Internet quiz that categorizes their placement on an ideological spectrum. They, in groups, define liberal and conservative.
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Criteria for Evaluating Debate Performance
Behind every successful debate is a list of clearly stated criteria. Let your debaters know exactly how their performance will be evaluated with this packet that details the content, preparation, structure, and grading policy that will...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
What Is the American Dream?
How do you describe the American Dream? What motivates others to immigrate to the United States, and why do some groups have trouble attaining the American Dream? Your learners will consider these questions as they explore figurative...
7th - 9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Amending the Constitution: Why Change?
As Bob Dylan so famously wrote, "The times they are a-changin'." Through a series of discussions, indepedent class work, and a whole-class simulation young scholars explore how the amendment process allows the US Constitution to change...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Who’s in Charge Here Anyway? The Continued Debate Over Immigration Policy
After a quick review of previous lessons examining immigration policy of the past, individuals read, annotate, and answer text dependent questions based on an article about Arizona Immigration. The whole class then engages the question,...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
"Promises Denied," the second lesson in a unit that asks learners to consider the responsibilities individuals have to uphold human rights, looks at documents that illustrate the difficulty the US has had trying to live up to the ideals...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Political Parties and Conventions
Next time you cover political parties in your government class, don't just watch a political convention, host one! After learning about the history and structure of political parties through a thorough PowerPoint presentation, learners...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How Morals Influence if You're Liberal or Conservative
Are you a liberal or a conservative? UC professor Peter Ditto, an experimental social psychologist who studies human judgement and decision making, shares the results of his research into moral foundation theory and how a person's morals...
3 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Einstein's Miracle Year
Why was Albert Einstein initially labeled as a "failed" academic, and what events occurred in 1905 that constituted a major turning point for this great scientist? Review Einstein's major theories regarding relativity, light particles,...
5 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Great Conspiracy Against Julius Caesar
What would you do if you thought your country was on the path to tyranny, and one man was gaining too much power? This animated video will engage your young historians with a thought-provoking query as it reviews the personal and...
6 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
History vs. Vladimir Lenin
Vladimir Lenin is on trial in an engaging, animated video where the merits and consequences of the formation of the Soviet Union and Lenin's actions are reviewed. This is a great way to illustrate how to establish and argue unique...
7 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable