Chess - A Game or Rules of Society?
Students consider the social stratification of medieval Europe. They divide into teams and play chess noting how the pieces relate to one another and how that relation illustrates medieval Western Europe.
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American Law: Origins, Development, Types, Examples, and Procedures
What is the difference between a civil and criminal judicial proceeding? Learners follow the history of law back to the Code of Hammurabi, and differentiate between various types of laws in American society.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Learning the Value of Rules - A Paper Clip Game
Using a game, learners discuss laws and fairness in society. In order to play the game, they line up in rows in the classroom. The teacher gives them paper clips based on their sex or other criteria. They can begin to discuss issues of...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Rousseau's ideas about natural and general rule, representative and direct democracy, and the role of government are the focus of this informational packet that also looks at how these ideas influenced the American form of government.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Forbidden Faces: Effects of Taliban Rule on Women in Afghanistan
The rule of the Taliban and America's war on terror are major issues in today's international affairs. Help acquaint your learners with the Taliban and its rise to power, dispel common misconceptions, and study the effects of their rule...
9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Great Minds: Alan Turing
Alan Turing helped defeat the Nazis and conceptualized the first computers, yet he was arrested for gross indecency because he was homosexual. The video explains the math genius and how his many talents were used to help society. It also...
3 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History
New Review An Introduction to Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue
How can a society abide by moral philosophy if they don't know the moral code that they should follow? Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue is the subject of a short analysis video that examines his theory of the transition of moral...
4 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Paper Clip Game for Learning the Value of Rules
Rules may carry a negative connotation with many adolescents, but this simulation activity reminds them of the importance of a fair and consistent set of laws. It's very simple: pupils are arranged in rows, with the first person in each...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History
Student Opinion: Do You Spend Too Much Time on Smart Phones Playing 'Stupid Games'?
This versatile resource from The New York Times website provides a short opinion piece on smart phones and the amount of time we spend playing games on them as well as several possible writing prompts pupils could consider in response to...
7th - 12th English Language Arts