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Our Changing Voices
Twelfth graders examine their role in society. They search primary documents and assemble a family album.
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Great Novel
How can an author become the voice of a generation? After finishing Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, readers discuss what makes a book great and how Hurston's message echoes through generations in America. They write...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Amending the Constitution: Why Change?
As Bob Dylan so famously wrote, "The times they are a-changin'." Through a series of discussions, indepedent class work, and a whole-class simulation young scholars explore how the amendment process allows the US Constitution to change...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Breaking the Muslim Monolith: Exploring Stereotypes
Bringing to light our own tendencies to stereotype is a key step toward becoming open-minded and informed members of a world community. Use this rich resource to discuss the harmful effects of stereotyping, as well as to consider the...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Role of Dissent in a Democracy: Lessons from Kent State University
Young historians analyze the 1970 Kent State shootings to discuss the role dissent plays in a democracy. After viewing a detailed PowerPoint presentation, learners express their desire for change via a medium of their choice.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New York Times Co. v Sullivan: The Alabama Case that Changed Libel Law
Malice aforethought? Can the New York Times be held libel for false claims appearing in its ads? The Supreme Court case New York Times v Sullivan changed the interpretation of the First Amendment. Class members examine these changes and...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The American Puritan Tradition and Dilemma: Part I
Jonathan Edwards' "Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God" and Anne Bradstreet's "Upon the Burning of Our House" provide learners with an opportunity to develop their close reading skills. Groups identify the figurative language and appeals...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
"Voices from Haiti": Using Poetry to Speak up for a Cause
Explore a real world use of poetry with your class! Young language arts pupils will consider the concept of advocacy and how journalism, photography, and yes, even poetry can raise awareness for a cause. Your class can read several poems...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Experience how a story can drastically change when the point of view is altered. Young scholars first read a review of Disney's film Tarzan, focusing on how the point of view in the classic story is important. They then select another...
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Adaptable