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Lesson Plans (13) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (29) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (3) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Learning Assets (6)


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies (4)
Title: Living Museum
Description: The students will research famous Alabamians, write an informative paragraph about their historical figure, and prepare a presentation for a school-wide living museum. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 11)
Title: African American Honorees in Alabama History
Description: Students will create a PowerPoint slide show presentation and brochure on a famous African American icon from the Alabama Calendar. Students may select famous African Americans from Alabama such as Rosa Parks, Vonetta Flowers, Dr. Mae Jemison, Joe Louis, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron, Dr. Regina Benjamin, Dr. Ethel Hall, Judge Oscar Adams, Billie Jean Young, George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This lesson was created to accompany the Alabama African American History Calendar Project.


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Subject: Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: State Jeopardy - How Much Do You Know About My State?
Description: This lesson is a distance learning collaborative project involving another school. Each school will do research on the other school's state and be able to answer questions about that state posed by the other school. Students learn not only about another state, but about their own in formulating questions to stump their opponents.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Famous African-Americans
Description: During this unit students will study the lives of famous African-Americans who have had an impact upon history or present day society. This interdisciplinary hands-on unit will incorporate the subjects of social studies, reading, language arts, and technology. After studying African-Americans and viewing a presentation, students will select (or be assigned) a person to research, write a biographical sketch about, and then create a newsletter depicting facts from that person's life. The entire unit will cover a two- to three-week period.


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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Let Freedom Ring: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students listen to a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., view photographs of the March on Washington, and study King's use of imagery and allusion in his I Have a Dream speech. After studying King's use of imagery and allusion, they create original poetic phrases about freedom and illustrate them with symbols representing the forms of freedom that have yet to be realized in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Biographies: Creating Timelines of a Life     
Description: In this lesson students explore a number of sources to create a biographical timeline about a selected person. Students collaboratively research and resolve conflicting information they find during their investigation.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: How Big Are Martin's Big Words ? Thinking Big about the Future     
Description: Inspired by the book Martin's Big Words, students explore information on Dr. King to think about his '' big'' words, then they write about their own '' big'' words and dreams.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Voting! What's It All About?     
Description: Students explore a variety of sources for information about voting. They evaluate the information to determine if it is fact or opinion, and then create a graffiti wall about voting.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Graphing Plot and Character in a Novel     
Description: In this graphical mapping project, students assign a value to the events, characters, and themes in a novel and think about how the elements of the story are all interconnected.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Alabama’s Black History
Digital Tool: Trading Card-Read Write Think
Digital Tool Description: The purpose of this digital tool is to creatively write about literacy knowledge and skills. This interactive site allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. Students can use these cards with any Reading or History book or topic that students are reading. These cards may be saved to work on a different day. Students can create up to eight cards to print off a set.


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Title: That's Who I Am
Digital Tool: Babblizer app
Digital Tool Description: A fun app that allows you to select a picture and make it seem to speak! It is FREE!


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Title: I Have a Dream
Digital Tool: Civil Rights Movement Video
Digital Tool Description: The tool used is a video from schooltube.com. The video shows students taking on the roles of influential African Americans in the United States. At the end, the students are reciting the "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr.  


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Title: I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King Jr.
Digital Tool: Blabberize--Create a video of your own
Digital Tool Description: Blabberize will allow students to take their own voice and add it to a picture that talks. In this lesson, students will create their own "I Have a Dream" speeches and put them with a picture of how they may see themselves in the future (example: a picture of a pilot, nurse, teacher....) The picture will talk with the words of the student's own speech.  


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Title: Birmingham was Bombed
Digital Tool: Wonderopolis- Write a TV Script
Digital Tool Description: Wonderopolis is a tool for engaging students using wonder about the world around them. Daily "wonders" create exploratory learning. The "How Do You Write a TV Script" wonder will be used to help students as they prepare to write their own mock newscast based on the event of the Birmingham Sixteenth Street Church bombing in 1963, as read about in the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963. After reading the novel and exploring information about life in the 1960s, students will imagine what a news report from that day would have looked like. They will view this resource to understand the important components of a script before getting into small groups to write their own newscasts. The teacher will combine the scripts and students will create a short film either independently or with teacher assistance and present their newscast during Black History Month. 


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Title: Who's who in Alabama history?
Digital Tool: BioCube graphic organizer
Digital Tool Description: The BioCube graphic organizer contains questions that can be used to guide students as they research information about influential Alabamians.


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Lesson Plans


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Discrimination
http://www.pbs.org/n...
This activity teaches the definition of discrimination in a way that is relatable for small children. Students will then talk about Civil Rights and how African Americans were discriminated. Teacher will check for understanding with a game from the lesson plan fair and unfair.

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We Would Rather Walk: the Bus Boycott in Montgomery
http://www.archives....
This concise unit explores the conditions the led to the bus boycott in Montgomery and the catalytic effect it had on the Civil Rights Movement. This plan is prepared for 6th grade students, but can be easily adapted to lower grades.

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Civil Rights
http://global.wisc.e...
This teaching guide helps teachers guide students through the civil rights movement.

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iCivics: Civil Rights
http://www.icivics.o...
Four lessons use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce key concepts and events. There are also interactive games and simulations available.

Podcasts


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Martin Luther King, Jr: Animated Video Biography
http://www.brainpop....
This animated BrainPOP video provides a clear, concise review of the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are also links to a related activity, quiz, and famous quotes. *This video is free and can be viewed with no account set-up.

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Lunch Counter and Freedom Riders
http://www.teachertu...
This is a Civil Rights Museum exhibit on the lunch counter and freedom riders.

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Eyes on the Prize
http://www.teachertu...
This is a video clip of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of the Civil Rights Movement.

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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
http://www.teachertu...
This documentary demonstrates the mistreatment of African Americans between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement.

Informational Materials


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Alabama African American History Calendar Project
http://alafricanamer...
Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This website provides a month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to Alabama African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on Alabama and United States history. A free, downloadable calendar with historic events from African American history can also be found on this site.

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iCivics: Civil Rights
http://www.icivics.o...
Four lessons use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce key concepts and events. There are also interactive games and simulations available.

Interactives/Games


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iCivics: Civil Rights
http://www.icivics.o...
Four lessons use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce key concepts and events. There are also interactive games and simulations available.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.     
Description: Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his '' I Have a Dream'' speech in 1963.     
Description: Students explore the '' I Have a Dream'' Foundation's website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.     
Description: Students make believe that the year is 1955 and they just heard about Parks' arrest. Students write newspaper editorials with their points of view on segregation.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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