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Middle schoolers gather information from the local community about a walking trail. They create a brochure highlighting the women from the community. They walk to every site in which women made an impact.
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Guided Reading: The Underground Railroad
Students summarize The Underground Railroad. In this guided reading lesson students read a nonfiction book about the Underground Railroad. Students use a timeline they have created while reading to assist in their writing of a summary...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts
My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C.
Although this legislative process lesson is designed to accompany a specific text, it is valuable independently. Young learners participate in a picture walk (worksheet included) through My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington,...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Connecting Informational Text with Litearature: Building Background Knowledge About Mexican Immigration, California, and the Great Depression
Help your class transition as the setting in the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, moves from Mexico to California. Beginning with prior knowledge, and moving into jigsaw research groups, class members add to and create posters...
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
A Ticket to Philly—In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Propaganda: What’s the Message?
As class members progress through eight fully prepared learning stations, they will identify how bias is present in persuasive media, as well as differentiate among types of propaganda techniques like bandwagon propaganda and the use of...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Not So Funny Papers
Conduct an in-depth analysis of political cartoons from the early twentieth century with your middle schoolers. Small groups complete a gallery walk and fill out a detailed graphic organizer in order to analyze four of the eight provided...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Negro Leagues: The People, Places and Experiences of Black Baseball
Get out of the classroom and go for a walk, all while teaching learners about the Negro baseball leagues of the early and mid-1900s. Based on a Walking Classroom podcast, this lesson explores the widespread impact of segregation on...
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed