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Young scholars investigate current events. They conduct research on a selected current event, read and analyze opinion pages from different newspapers, and write an article in a newspaper-style column format.
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Vantage Point: Multiple Perspective
Explore current events through multiple lenses by comparing social media coverage with a national news article. Although you can easily apply this to a more recent event, this analysis focuses on the 2012 shooting in Aurora, CO. Learners...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Thanksgiving: Fact or Opinion
Thankgiving is the greatest American holiday: fact or opinion? Use a reading passage that lists myths about Thanksgiving traditions, including its occurrence on the fourth Thursday of November, some turkeys' inability to fly, and...
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Extra extra, read all about record levels of civic duty and social responsibility! Here is a handout featuring USA Today news articles on recent surging volunteer rates, such as among college freshmen, celebrity activists, or in the...
4 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How Did Jazz Music During the 1920’s Reflect a Change of Culture for America?
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Propaganda and Spin
The propaganda devices used by politicians' spin doctors can successfully change minds and shift public opinion. A timely resource asks class members to examine how these devices are used to influence the way citizens think about an...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Articles of Confederation vs. Constitution
Examine two important historical documents and take a close look at their differences. Small groups fill out a graphic organizer using excerpts from the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution. They present their findings and...
8th Social Studies & History
Just the Facts, Sir!
Examine several key issues covered in the October 8, 2004, presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Young readers analyze the opponents' use of both fact and opinion in their arguments. Use the lesson plan to reinforce...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasive Practice: A Mt. Rushmore Addition
Budding authors research a US President and persuade the National Park Service to add him to Mt. Rushmore. In addition to the persuasive essay, individuals are required to develop a visual presentation using a web-based software that...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed