Young scholars analyze the lyrics to the John Cougar Mellencamp song, "Small Town." They listen to the song, answer discussion questions, and complete a project that presents various aspects of their own town and community.
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Town Meeting - Direct Representation
Students answer the question, "Should the town of Twin Cheeks ban motorized rentals on Thome Lake?" They explore the political, personal, and economic issues involved in making this decision as they assume different roles in this...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
A Mock Town Meeting on a Proposed Tank Farm
Intended as a follow up to the Protecting Your Drinking Water activity, young environmentalists use their assessment of the a hypothetical town's water supply to debate the installation of underground chemical storage tanks. With the...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
What Makes Our Community Special?
Young sociologists take a look at what factors make a community special. They work together in groups to create a PowerPoint presentation about their own community's uniqueness. Digital photographs and slides which portray special events...
6th - 9th Social Studies & History
Women of the California Gold Rush
The California Gold Rush was not just an opportunity for the male gold miners sifting for shiny nuggets. Small groups read accounts of the ways women took advantage of the influx of workers to run hotels, bake pies, and wading out into...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Watershed: Teaching About Gun Control After Newtown - NYTimes.com
This is a fairly neutral resource to facilitate exploration of the controversial topic of gun control. After a brief introduction by the teacher, the class reads an article on the issue and answers the guiding questions. When they...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
How Containerization Shaped the Modern World
"It's the reason we have a thriving global market place, offering us the infinite variety of things, and it's the reason we can move cargoes from remote parts of the world at minimal cost." Learn about how small-town truck driver Malcom...
5 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable