When Athletes Are Off-Base
Students explore whether or not athletes have a responsibility to be role models in society.
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Beware of the Dog - Crossing Borders
Roald Dahl’s classic World War II short story, “Beware of the Dog” is the focus of a close reading exercise that asks learners to respond to text-dependent questions with evidence drawn from the story. Participants record responses on...
9th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Are You a Good Listener?
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7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
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6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “E pluribus Unum”
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8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
When is a Wind Farm a Good Investment?
When will a wind farm pay for itself? Individuals calculate the anticipated annual revenue for two proposed wind farms. By comparing the number of years it takes to pay back the initial investment, they determine which site makes the...
6th - 12th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “Doping can be that last 2 percent.”
Even the most thrilling sports career can end in an asterisk if the player uses performance-enhancing drugs. Focused on the topic of doping in sports, a seventh grade unit breaks down the arguments for and against steroids in five...
7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 3: "Las Papayas/Papayas")
Start off your day with a quick reading comprehension quiz about chapter three of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. After they complete the quiz, pupils participate in a discussion and look closely at the text. A strong Common Core...
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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For every strong and determined female Olympian, there are millions of young girls watching and becoming inspired. Middle and high schoolers learn more about record-breaking and history-making Olympian women with a presentation from the...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable