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"We Didn't Start the Fire"
Students extract geographical and historical information from the lyrics of a popular song, make associations between people, places, and events, and plot their information on a map.
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The Cold War: Solving the Mystery of History with Voices on Vinyl
Eighth graders explore the Cold War Era. In this world history instructional activity, 8th graders discover the positions taken by countries during the Cold War as they listen to lectures regarding the major events and turning points in...
8th Social Studies & History
Jim Murphy, The Great Fire - Grade 6
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy provides the text for a study of the Chicago fire of 1871. The plan is designed as a close reading activity so that all learners have the same background information require for writing. Richly detailed, the...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Fall of Soviet Union/Rise of Chinese Communism
Ninth graders examine the reasons for the fall of communism in the Soviet Union and the rise of communism in China. They listen to a lecture and complete slot notes, listen to and read the lyrics to the song "We Didn't Start the Fire"...
9th Social Studies & History
Why Did the Triangle Fire Occur?
An investigation of the 1911 New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire leads class members to examine primary and secondary source materials related to the event and apply what they learn about the working conditions at the time to...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable