Learners reflect on the events of the year 2000 by creating timelines that note memorable events in the news and in their won private lives. They combine individual timelines into a larger classroom timeline.
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Renaissance and Reformation Writing for the SAT
Responding to a question on the Machiavellian principle of a ruler's need for power and ruthlessness, young historians are given writing tips and a framework for constructing a well-developed essay in 25 minutes. The given structure of...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Letter from Christopher Columbus to Luis de Sant Angel Announcing His Discovery (1493)
When Christopher Columbus landed, he found many things to comment on. Have your class read this letter that he wrote to Luis de Sant Angel in 1493. The text is split up into sections. Each section is paired with two to three...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Booker T. Washington: Up From Slavery
Read Booker T. Washington's inspiring story about arriving at his name with a short reading passage from his autobiography, Up From Slavery. After class members read the excerpt, they answer two reading comprehension questions about the...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
How Much Screen Time?
Conduct original research with a social survey about television viewing time. Sixth graders take notes about television viewing and then come up with at least three hypotheses to test with their surveys. The plan calls for collaboration...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Feeling On Display
Many teen girls and boys experience great pressure to keep up online appearances. Work together as a class to consider the effect of photos on social networking sites, and invite your learners to reflect on such important concepts as...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Courage “In the Time of the Butterflies”: A Common Core Exemplar
The courage of Las Mariposas, the Mirabal sisters, is the focus of a series of activities designed to accompany a reading of In the Time of the Butterflies that ask readers to consider what it means to be courageous. Beautifully crafted...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Student Opinion: Do You Spend Too Much Time on Smart Phones Playing 'Stupid Games'?
This versatile resource from The New York Times website provides a short opinion piece on smart phones and the amount of time we spend playing games on them as well as several possible writing prompts pupils could consider in response to...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Going Back in Time Using “George Washington’s Socks”
After reading Elvira Woodruff's George Washington's Socks, young readers and writers embark upon writing their own historically based story, with a focus on developing ideas and details throughout the piece. In small groups, class...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
An Exercise in Time Perception
Some experiences can feel very brief or excruciatingly interminable. How is it that we come to miscalculate time so easily? Our perception of time is heavily influenced by the number of memories and data we record in our brains. Learn...
5 mins 9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable