Time for Technology
Ninth graders examine the role of technology in their lives. After viewing various photographs, they explain how technology has changed over time. In groups, they choose one technological advance and research it more in depth.
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Once Upon a Time (Sa Hi Pa Ca): Lesson Plan 3
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9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
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9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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7th - 12th English Language Arts
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7th - 12th Social Studies & History
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7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
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