"Heart of Oak"
High schoolers read and analyze the lyrics to the historical song, "Heart of Oak." They answer discussion questions, and compare/contrast the lyrics to the "Star Spangled Banner."
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Exploring George Washington's Leadership
Students examine primary documents to determine whether or not George Washington was an honest leader. In this presidential history lesson, students evaluate Washington's leadership prior to and during his presidency. Guided reading...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History
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
Civics and Citizenship
What is a good citizen? Here is a fantastic unit of ten lessons that will thoroughly cover the concept of civics and citizenship in your class. Examples of activities include learning stations, primary and secondary source analysis of...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
"The Real McCoy:" African American Inventors in History
Class members research African American inventors, the challenges they faced in their attempts to patent their works, and the importance of their inventions to the development of technology. After a brief introduction to inventors Elijah...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Navigation in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond
Ancient texts, like Homer's Odyssey, mentions navigating ships by observing constellations. Pupils learn about the link between history and astronomy as they relate to navigation in the Bronze Age. Scholars complete two hands-on...
9th - 11th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Automobile and the Drive-In Society
How has automobile technology affected the United States and its citizens? After reading an introductory article, class members participate in a jigsaw activity designed to explore this question. After gathering information and filling...
6th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Evolution of Congress
Using the Internet, as well as textbooks, high school scholars research how Congress has evolved over the years. They examine legislative leaders and their accomplishments, compare and contrast legislative procedures in various eras, and...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 – A Story of Human Tragedy and Triumph
Students examine the effects of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In this American history lesson plan, students research primary and secondary sources regarding accounts of the fire and its effects. Students share their research finding...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History