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The Pony Express Versus the Telegraph
Students compare and contrast the Pony Express and the telegraph. In this communication instructional activity, students examine the structure of the Pony Express and determine why it became obsolete in such a short period of time.
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Elevating the Everyday: Gary Knox Bennett
Learners examine artist-made furniture as a union of art and design through the work of Garry Knox Bennett. In this SPARKed instructional activity, students discuss craft versus manufacturing of furniture and view a SPARK episode on a...
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
The Eyes Have It ... Or Do They?
Students explore facial expressions for the hidden meanings being communicated. Truth can be hidden or at least disguised by a particular expression. The reality of control and the manipulation of truth is discussed in this lesson.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Dueling Telegrams: 1963 Verbal Power Play Between Wallace and JFK
Information, inferences, and innuendos. Text and subtext. Class members examine telegrams exchanged between President John F. Kennedy and Alabama Governor George Wallace, studying both what is stated and what is implied by the diction...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Case Study of Presidential Inaugurations: Kennedy and Obama
How do the inauguration ceremonies of a president-elect reflect the values of that president? This is the question presented to government students as they research and compare the inaugurations of John F. Kennedy in 1961 and...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Grade 8: Intermediate-Level Test: Social Studies, Booklet 1 Objective and Constructed Response, 2007
In this United States history and government standardized test practice worksheet, 8th graders respond to 50 multiple choice, 1 essay, and 12 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of history and government...
8th Social Studies & History
Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Dashes and Dots: A Product of the 19th Century
Young scholars investigate the advancements the Morse code made possible. In this technology lesson plan, students discover the impact that the telegraph had on communication in 19th century America. Young scholars examine primary...
6th - 9th Social Studies & History