Nature in the City
Students read Adam Gopnik's Olmsted's Trip and Walt Whitman's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. They examine similarities between the works of Frederick Law Olmsted and Walt Whitman.
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The third in a series of 16 resources that examine the philosophers and philosophic ideas that are the underpinnings of the US system of government, focuses on the Enlightenment and the ideas of natural rights, the social contract, the...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasive Essay: Should Cities Have Natural or Green Spaces within ½ Mile of Every Resident?
Introduce public policy and persuasive writing with a well-designed activity for junior high learners. The writers develop a stance on whether cities should have natural or green places within a half a mile of all residents. Included are...
7th Social Studies & History
Contrast and Evaluate Fact and Opinion
How can you tell when an author is expression an opinion or stating a fact? Use two short reading selections to emphasize the difference between a statement that you can prove and one that you can't. The first passage explains food...
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Analyzing Poetry from the Tang Dynasty
Over the course of the lesson, your pupils read and analyze a translated eight-line poem from the Tang Dynasty written by Du Fu, a poet caught behind enemy lines during the An Lu-Shan rebellion (755-763). Literary/historical context is...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Lessons from Auschwitz: The Power of Our Words
Some words are best left unspoken. Words matter, according to Benjamin Zander, conductor, teacher, and lecturer. To illustrate his point, Zander recounts a story told to him by a survivor of Auschwitz. As a result of her experience this...
1 min 6th - 11th English Language Arts
Watching Nature Take Its Course
Learners compare physical features among organisms and explain the evolutionary importance of these features. They participate in the planning of a fictional banquet in honor of evolutionary milestones in tree of life by creating program...
6th - 12th English Language Arts