What is a Philanthropist and Why Do We Care?
Students practice using the word philanthropy. They identify examples of philanthropy in America. They describe how certain philanthropic acts relate to the core democratic values.
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Why Do We Have a House and Senate, Anyway?
Why does the United States have a bicameral voting system? Through role playing as either advocates for or against a cell phone policy in school, your learners will organize, vote, compromise, and experience first-hand the benefits of a...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
What Is the American Dream?
How do you describe the American Dream? What motivates others to immigrate to the United States, and why do some groups have trouble attaining the American Dream? Your learners will consider these questions as they explore figurative...
7th - 9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: What Is a Movie?
Watching is not the same as seeing. Transform viewers from passive watchers to active students of film with this 34-page packet, filled with lessons and activities that use Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to examine the technology, the...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Do We Have Museums?
How did the tradition of collecting and displaying interesting items to the public begin? How have museums evolved over time? Offer your young historians a fascinating look into a cultural pastime we so often take for granted in the...
6 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What is Love?
Love is "potentially the most intensely thought about thing in all of human history." We rank, define, and fall into love...but what is it really? Explore the various ways humanity has come to define love, from a set of behaviors or an...
5 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Do Americans Vote on Tuesdays?
Why do Americans vote on Tuesdays? As your class will learn from this video, this specific voting day in United States presidential elections stems from no substantial historical origin. Instead, speaker Jacob Soboroff brings attention...
3 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Do We Love? A Philosophical Inquiry
Does love make us whole again? Is love all we need? Is love folly? Does love let us reach beyond ourselves? Is love a misleading affliction, an emotional roller coaster ride, the best thing in life? Check out what these philosophers have...
6 mins 11th - 12th Social Studies & History
Why Do We Kiss Under Mistletoe?
Hanging mistletoe is a holiday tradition, but where did the idea of kissing under mistletoe come from? In actuality mistletoe can be found in nature throughout all four seasons, and is home and food to birds and insects. Watch a video...
5 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Making Do: Learning and Growing Through Adversity
What is it that makes people keep going when they face challenges in life? Ask your class to consider this question in relation to their own experiences and as they read material from The New York Times. Using personal experiences and...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed