"Old Hundred" and "Get that Communist, Joe"
Students study various aspects of The Crucible in English class while paralleling both the Salem Witch Trails and McCarthyism in social studies class. They compare lyrics of a Puritan song to those of a song written during the MCCarthy era.
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First Hundred Days
A presidential term may be four years long, but the first 100 days can have a huge impact on the remaining 1,360. After viewing a video about the eventful beginning days of Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term, young historians work...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Old Man and the Sea: Questioning Strategies
Readers learn to ask questions about text with an activity based on Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. As they read, class members craft questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy and then find the answers themselves.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Nativism and Myths about Immigrants
Where do anti-immigrants myths come from, and how can they be refuted? Learners critically analyze media reports and how to identify reliable sources. After studying a timeline that details the history of US nativism, groups research the...
8th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
A strong writing resource, designed for high school or college-level writers, guides learners through crafting persuasive arguments. The packet not only provides examples of a variety of argumentative strategies, it gives pointers on how...
11th - Higher Ed English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Hundred Years' War (1347-1453)
Detailing the causes, strategies, and effects of the Hundred Years' War, this presentation will interest even the most reluctant historians in your class. Bright pictures and maps help to put the war into context and allow teachers to...
7th - 10th Social Studies & History
Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar
How did Islam become the religious and organizing principle for one of the largest empires in the world? Invite your learners to discover the rich history and evolution of the religion, as well as its major tenets in the Five Pillars of...
12 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Witnesses to Joan of Arc and The Hundred Years' War
Students trace Joan of Ar's history from early childhood through her death and on to her nullification trial. Joan's place in the history of the Hundred Years' War, what motivated her, enabled her, and brought about her demise is the...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Show Me a Hero, and I Will Write You a Tragedy - F. Scott Fitzgerald - Part 1
A passage from The Great Gatsby is used to launch a series of skill-building activities that can be used to introduce close reading strategies. Groups practice crafting text-dependent questions, theme statements, and conclusions, as...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed