One Step Closer to a Treaty
Learners speak objectively about the nuclear disarmament issue and interpret sections of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. They become more informed by these discussions and readings on the nuclear
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Ordinary Objects - Extraordinary Meaning
To some, a shoe may just be a shoe, but to others, that shoe symbolizes one of the most horrific tragedies in American history. Discuss how everyday objects can take on a new meaning as mementos of an event with a lesson about 9/11 and...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Seeking Historical Detectives to Discover Who Was John Brown?
Young historians act as detectives in order to examine the characteristics of controversial abolitionist John Brown in the 1850s, working to identify his ultimate mission regarding slavery and the larger impact he had on the Civil War.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Letter from Christopher Columbus to Luis de Sant Angel Announcing His Discovery (1493)
When Christopher Columbus landed, he found many things to comment on. Have your class read this letter that he wrote to Luis de Sant Angel in 1493. The text is split up into sections. Each section is paired with two to three...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Symbolism of Allegorical Art
Introduce learners to allegorical art with four bronze sculptures by Francesco Bertos. After modeling how to recognize bias and allegory in Bertos' Africa, class groups examine the other three sculptures in the series before creating...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Bridge to the Future: Enlarging the European Union
The political, social, and economic challenges the European Union faces as it enlarges is the focus of a six-lesson unit. Class members investigate and craft a presentation about a member country, the treaties member states must sign,...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Post-Classical: Regional and Transregional Interactions
International trade from 600 AD to 1450 AD resulted in the flourishing of post-classical civilizations, the expansion of Islam across many regions, and the transmission of rare materials and innovative ideas — not to mention the spread...
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Through a careful reading and examination of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, scholars take part in grand conversations about the novel's contents, slavery, and the impact the book had on it. Furthermore, learners analyze an...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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 learners to discover the rich history and evolution of the religion, as well as its major tenets in the Five Pillars of Islam.
12 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable