Seeking Super Cities
Young scholars view a Powerpoint presentation on various cities in the U.S. They conduct research on two cities, complete a data chart on the two cities, and decide which one they would prefer to live.
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The History Blueprint: The Cold War (World)
How and why was the Cold War fought? A carefully crafted, inquiry-based unit covers seven major topics: the roots of the Cold war, decolonization and nationalism, the three-world order, American foreign policy, American domestic policy,...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
"The Real McCoy:" African American Inventors in History
Class members research African American inventors, the challenges they faced in their attempts to patent their works, and the importance of their inventions to the development of technology. After a brief introduction to inventors Elijah...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Who Was More American: Japanese-Americans Who Dissented Against Internment or Those that Supported the War Effort?
Was the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II constitutional? Who was more American: Japanese-Americans who dissented against the internment or those who supported the war effort? Class members do a close reading of...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa
Delve into the world of Malian ruler Mansa Musa, the development and culture of African kingdoms such as the Swahili civilization, the use of oral tradition, and the spread of Islam across trade routes. The narrator does an excellent job...
10 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Who Could Have Been Who
Can word choice affect a candidate's likeability? Use a New York Times lesson to explore how a presidential candidate's likeability factor can fluctuate in public opinion polls. Young readers choose a presidential election from their...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Lebron James, The Cavaliers, and Derived Demand
Can a professional athlete affect local economics? According to the philosophy of utilitarianism, it can. Learners examine the connection between Lebron James's choice to move to the Miami Heat and the affect his choice had on local...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Vision of the City in the Mind's Eye, 12501700
Young scholars create their own symbols for a city from other letters of the alphabet (or geometric shapes). They rotate the letters to explore their possibilities. Corporate logotypes and other trademarks make excellent examples for...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Black Actors in American Cinema
High schoolers examine the contributions of a few African American actors. After watching different films, they work together to recreate the film and the struggles faced by the actors. In groups, they compare and contrast the acting...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts