What's So Great About Peter?
Students research the origins of the name of their town or city. They pick another city and do the same, individually. They also write a bio poem about a historical figure.
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Wondering About the New Seven (Man-Made) Wonders of the World
Who determines the Seven Wonders of the World, and what criteria is used to evaluate these locations? Discover the efforts to promote cultural diversity and preserve man-made monuments during the world's first-ever global vote in 2007 to...
6th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Getting the Most out of Teaching with Newspapers
No matter what subject you're teaching, you'll find some fun and innovative ideas for using newspapers in your classroom with a helpful resource. Based on Getting the Most Out of Teaching with Newspapers by Rebecca Olien, the series of...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Respect: It Starts With You!
There are few things as frustrating to a teacher as a disrespectful student. Luckily this collection of activities, worksheets, and writing exercises is here to help eliminate this problem by teaching young leaners what respect really...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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
Classical Civilizations: The Rise of States and Empires
History is full of great empires rising to power—and falling into dust. But what does religion and a society's belief system have to do with a civilization's fate? A thorough explanation of the impact of world religions on their...
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Alexander the Great and the Situation... the Great?
What made Alexander the Great so great? John Green reviews three possible definitions of the term great that we ascribe to historical figures, while offering a fairly comprehensive overview of the accomplishments and legacy of Alexander...
11 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Hands Up, Don't Shoot!
Why is it so difficult to develop a clear understanding of the events surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer? To answer this question class members listen to a NPR discussion of the findings of...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Of Mice and Men and Migrant Farm Workers of the Great Depression
As part of their study of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, class members explore the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. Groups examine primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of the travails of men like...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable