Pupils investigate the perspectives of different groups involved in and affected by support for the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. They create slogans to summarize the viewpoints and goals of each affected group.
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When I Was Puerto Rican: Questioning Strategy
How adept are your readers at responding to four types of questions, questions where the answer is found right there in the text, think and search questions, author and you question, and on my own questions? Use a instructional activity...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Cyberbullying—Alternate Lesson Plan
Should schools be permitted to punish learners for off-campus cyberbullying? After reading a passage that details statistics about cyberbullying and Supreme Court rulings about schools' ability to limit student speech, class...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Analyzing an Argument
How do you read non-fiction, informational text? How do you recognize the rhetorical devices a writer is using? How do you determine the tone of such a document? Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address provides a perfect vehicle for learners...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Asking the Right Questions
It can be difficult to find the theme of a book or story if you don't know the questions to ask. Teach your kids to discern the universal theme in works of literature with a set of activities that promote critical thinking and active...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Introducing Research Folders and Generating a Research Question
Take the next step in the writing process with a lesson geared towards the completion of writing an evidence-based essay about a rule to live by as Bud did in Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Pupils collaborate with their peers...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Life Isn’t Fair – Deal with It
Should life be fair for everyone? And what counts as fair? Invite your pupils to read an article that expresses one author's ideas about fairness. They they respond to text-based and discussion questions about the selection and the...
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Women’s Suffrage Movement
Though the movement for Women's Suffrage stretched over several decades and across two centuries, the final few years were the most difficult hurdle in many ways. Use a document-based question writing exercise to make inferences about...
8th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Milgram Experiment
How far are people willing to go to obey authority? Shockingly, pretty far. Or that is the conclusion one could draw based on a reading of Saul McLeod's article about the 1963 experiment conducted by Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram....
11th - Higher Ed English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Third Wave
How far would you go when told to follow orders? High schoolers read about Ron Jones' 1967 Third Wave experiment at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, and use discussion and reading comprehension questions to consider the...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable