In this language arts instructional activity, learners use the graphic organizer to review the concepts needed in order to write an individual account of a significant event.
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The poetry of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
After a study of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the impact his death had on the country and on Reconstruction policy, class groups analyze primary sources that recount the writer’s response to Lincoln’s death. As guided...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Lesson: Immigration
Many of your class members will have heard of Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese internment camps of World War II. Some may even recognize the terms “Issei” and “Nisei,” but few will have heard of Enemy Alien Hearing Boards, of the...
3rd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
EdTech Tuesdays: Make Beliefs Comix
An iPad, a free app, or a free website are all kids need to create comic strips that tell stories, recount events, or express feelings. Rich and Jennifer discuss the strengths and weakness of the app, as well as model how to use this...
7 mins 2nd - 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
Writing Activities: William Hilton Explores the Cape Fear River
As part of a study of the settling of the Carolinas, class members read a 1663 report by William Hilton, an English explorer who wrote about the geography and native inhabitants of the Cape Fear River region. To help develop their sense...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Mysteries of Vernacular: Jade
Where does the word jade come from? This video recounts the history of the stone itself as it tracks the development of the word through the centuries. Flip the lesson to add your own questions and information to extend the lesson. While...
2 mins 7th - 12th English Language Arts