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High Five: Media Literacy and Newspapers

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Teach the five different types of media with the first of three in a media literacy unit. Learners create and propose a final newspaper project, which must address information covered throughout the unit. 
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High Five: Go to Press

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
High school scholars learn valuable information about how to run a newspaper in the third and final installment of a media literacy series. The unit scaffolds learners to success with background information before they plan for...
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Eleven

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Turning 11 comes with a range of emotions. Explore those emotions by reading the short story "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros. Readers analyze the main character's reactions to the events of her day. Then, they write an essay describing what...
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Maltese Cross Cabin

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
The Maltese Cross Cabin, a frontier residence of Theodore Roosevelt, is a time capsule that commemorates Roosevelt's time in the Dakota territory. An explanatory video and response guide takes students on a virtual tour of the wooden...
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Interpreting the Past; Assessing Its Impact on the Present

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Even though the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt ended over 100 years ago, we can still learn something from his stances and policies that is applicable today. Class members first look over a list of prevalent political issues from the...
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Is Our Community Influenced by the Opioid Epidemic?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Opioid abuse is becoming a national crisis, but combating the influence of opioids requires examining the ways it affects individual communities. A thorough teacher guide provides step-by-step instructions about implementing an...
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Writing About Literary Text: Pygmalion and Galatea

For Students 6th Standards
Is it crazy to fall in love with your own work, or is that the purest love of all? Compare two renditions of the classic Greek myth Pygmalion and Galatea with a literary analysis exercise. After students compare the similarities and...
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Book Report Task Cards

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
With 52 task cards, learners will not run out of things to do with a book they are reading independently or with the class. Tasks include making a poster on a specific topic, writing a summary, drafting a sequel, creating a windsock,...
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Women's Suffrage for Grades 6–8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learners study the decisions and solutions involved in winning the right to vote. After reading background information on the fight for women's suffrage, including one woman's story, and its eventual success in the United States and...
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Science and Society: Preventing the Spread of Disease

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Looking for a valuable resource on the spread of infectious diseases? Here is a lesson in which pupils simulate the spread of diseases and learn about how to prevent them from spreading. Class members read case studies about diseases,...
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Honoring Our Heroes

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
As part of a study of the events of 9/11/2011, class members examine Tanya Hoggard's Dear Hero Collection and listen to the 9/11 Memorial website's Dear Hero podcast. Individuals then create their own tribute to an individual they feel...
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The Intersecting Legacies of the Twin Towers and the Bamiyan Buddhas

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Middle schoolers either remember or have heard of the attacks on the World Trade Center, but they may not know about its connection to the Bamiyan Buddhas, which were attacked exactly six months earlier. Explore the relationships between...
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Civil War Animal Mascots

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
A pet can offer comfort, friendship, and loyalty in the most stressful of situations. Here is a lesson plan that explores the important role animals played during the Civil War. Class members read informative texts, complete a KWL chart,...
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Hatchet

For Teachers 6th Standards
Accompany a novel study of Hatchet by Gary Paulson with a unit consisting of 16 lessons focused on physical and emotional survival. Reading the story along with a variety of informational texts, scholars compare and contrast reading...
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Planning for Writing: Introduction and Conclusion of a Literary Argument Essay

For Teachers 6th Standards
After completing three body paragraphs of an argument essay about life's rules to live by from Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis, it's time to begin writing the introduction and conclusion. Independently, pupils draft the final two...
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Airport Security vs. Civil Liberties

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Body scanners and pat-downs are the realities of post 9/11 travel. But do these procedures represent a violation of our rights? Class members consider their own rights as they examine a political cartoon, a CBS news video about airport...
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Dr. Seuss and Read Across America

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
What important facts about Dr. Seuss influenced the Read Across America movement...? This is the driving question of a research project that requires scholars to find information about Dr. Seuss' life and work. Class members write a...
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The Lightning Thief: Directed Reading-Thinking Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Before diving into the engaging tale of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, conduct this directed reading and thinking activity. Assess your pupils' knowledge of Greek gods and mythology through a knowledge web, and...
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Dear Miss Breed

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
This compelling plan based on the letters in the book Dear Miss Breed engages readers in learning what it was like for Japanese Americans following the attacks at Pearl Harbor. After reading the letters, young scholars will partake in...
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Phineas Gage: Assessment Strategy

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Close up your study of Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science with a letter-writing assignment. Pupils prepare by journaling and sharing with a partner. They then compose letters that focus on a big idea from the...
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Phineas Gage: “This I Believe” Venn Diagrams After Reading Strategy

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Difficulties with brain injuries still continue today. After reading Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science, class members read a series of modern personal essays about brain injuries and choose an essay to compare...
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Phineas Gage: Personal Phrenology Chart During Reading Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Phrenology, the belief that parts of your brain control certain aspects of your personality, is described in Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science. While we now know much more about the brain, learners use this idea...
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Phineas Gage: The Teenage Brain and Connections: Free Choice Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
During this lesson, which is all about making connections, learners watch a documentary about the teenage brain and connect it to Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science, their own lives, and the world.
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Phineas Gage: Questioning Strategy

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Focus on chapter two of Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science with a questioning activity. After teaching and modeling several types of questions, learners work with partners and then independently to answer and...