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Lesson Plans (7) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Assets (2)


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: See Me, Hear Me, Understand Me:  Franklin D. Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Address
Description: The viewing goals for this lesson were for students to use a visual text, Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech (played first without sound), to identify visual cues & understand why he may have chosen to use certain gestures, facial expressions, & body language to communicate his message. I wanted students to view & identify what an effective speaker does when speaking formally. By noticing & analyzing visual cues, I wanted students to infer the purpose of his speech & intended audience. The listening goals for this lesson were for students to listen to FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech (after watching it first with no sound), and discriminate, through his chosen words, the purpose of his speech & point of view. Students were asked to listen to FDR's use of voice & tone to understand his message. In the group conversations that followed, my goal was for students to listen to & consider the perspectives/ideas of others & work together to analyze what they heard that made this a formal speech. The speaking goals for the lesson were for students to react through speaking to the video clip & apply characteristics of FDR's formal speaking to their own formal speaking by considering gestures, facial expressions, body language, voice, tone, & specific vocabulary to communicate purpose & point of view. In segment one, my goal was for students to notice how, through listening/viewing, FDR communicated his message & viewpoint, not simply the topic of his message.  


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Escape to Freedom
Description: Students will read Number the Stars by Lois Lowrey. This novel about World War II, the Holocaust, and heroism, provides the topic for an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary lesson. Students will utilize their skills in technology and research to learn why there are dictators like Hitler, followers like the Nazis, and people from all walks of life who endanger their lives for the good of others.


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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: The Legacy of Pearl Harbor     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and asks them to consider the reasons why Japan might have wanted to expand its territory in the early 1940s. They also consider the reasons why the United States would have kept warships in Pearl Harbor. Students conclude by reading some firsthand accounts of what it was like in Pearl Harbor during the attack and by writing letters to American service people who were there.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Getting Involved in War     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the reasons why the United States became involved in World War II and asks them to consider the reasons Japan decided to attack Pearl Harbor. Students view a detailed interactive map showing the events at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and conclude by writing statements that Japanese and American service people might have made immediately before and after the attack.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Investigating the Holocaust: A Collaborative Inquiry Project     
Description: Students explore a variety of resources as they learn about the Holocaust. Working collaboratively, they investigate the materials, prepare oral responses, and produce a topic-based newspaper to complete their research.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Was the United States Ready for Pearl Harbor?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider the United States level of preparedness for the Pearl Harbor attack and discuss what the U.S. could have done to be better prepared. Students conclude by writing letters to American military commanders in the summer of 1941, suggesting what they might do to prepare for a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Title: A Day of Infamy
Digital Tool: Video of President Roosevelt's Speech
Digital Tool Description: This tool can be used to introduce the reason the United States entered World War 2. It will provide the students with an actual video of President Roosevelt delivering his speech the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.


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Title: Star Students: Introducing the Holocaust and Elie Wiesel's Night
Digital Tool: Why Should We Remember?
Digital Tool Description: This eight minute video from the Birmingham Holocaust Educators Center introduces students to the Holocaust and explains the historical significance of remembering the genocide that took place.


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Southern Museum of Flight
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This podcast showcases how the Southern Museum of Flight can be used as an educational tool aligning the museum artifacts and dioramas to the Alabama Course of Study.


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Darkness into Life
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The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center is proud to be able to loan Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors Through Photography and Art to your school, community or museum.  This unique educational exhibit features the stories of 20 Alabama Holocaust survivors.  It teaches the history of the Holocaust and offers a rich understanding of its impact on these individuals and their families. This video serves as an introduction to the exhibit.  To be considered to borrow the exhibit, go to http://www.bhamholocausteducation.org/borrow-exhibits.htm


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Why Should We Remember?
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An 8-minute video introduction to the BHEC exhibit, "Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors Through Photography and Art".   The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center is proud to be able to loan Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors Through Photography and Art to your school, community or museum.  This unique educational exhibit features the stories of 20 Alabama Holocaust survivors.  It teaches the history of the Holocaust and offers a rich understanding of its impact on these individuals and their families. For additional information of Darkness Into Life contact the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center. http://bhamholocausteducation.org/darknessintolife.htm


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