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Subject: Social Studies (2 - 12)
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: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Points of View in the News     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students sort through the myriad points of view offered on the Internet and evaluate the sources and purposes of news articles and Web sites. Students read articles from National Geographic News and answer questions describing each article's source, purpose, and viewpoint. Students then research the topics presented in an article of their choice and evaluate the resources they find. They conclude by creating checklists they can use in the future to evaluate articles, Web sites, and other information.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Voting Rights for Women: Pro- and Anti-Suffrage     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students research archival material to examine nineteenth and early-twentieth-century arguments for and against women's suffrage. They learn what attitudes about women and their relationships with men had to be overcome before women could take their rightful place in American society.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment introduces students to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence and the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi that influenced King's views. After considering the political impact of this philosophy, students explore its relevance to personal life.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Who Wants to Go to Birmingham--1963?
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Intended to be used as an introductory activity with the novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis, this five-and-a-half minute video provides a brief overview of the climate and significant events that occurred in Birmingham and across the South in 1963.  The question in the title is to provoke students to think about why the Watson family would choose to make the trek from the relatively calm Flint, Michigan, to the turmoil-filled Birmingham, Alabama.  Other than the allusion in the title and mention in the end credits, this podcast does not make any specific reference's to Curtis' book, and can therefore be used as a stand-alone tool in the study of the Civil Rights Movement.  


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WW ll
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This podcast gives an overview of events and leaders during World War II using pictures and video from the National archive and archive.org. It includes the speech that President Roosevelt gave the day after Pearl Harbor.


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If I Were Leader of the Free World: Breath
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My podcast is about me being the leader of the free world.  The speech was a way of saying the things that are important if I were leader.  The speech was originally delivered at Bethel Baptist Church in Fairfield.  When i was first invited to deliver the speech, I was very excited, but when i got to the church I got nervous, so I had to take a time out and "breath" for myself then it turned out to be good.


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Tornadoes of 2011: Birmingham Edition
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The students and community of Birmingham, Alabama and in particular Wilkerson Middle School were affected by the vicious storms that raged through Alabama at the end of April.  The students of Wilkerson Middle School needed an outlet for their feelings of fear, anger, sadness, and confusion.  This podcast provided them with not only that outlet, but also an opportunity to express themselves in regards to their safety, and the survival of their community.  As the comments are sometimes off the cuff and completely child created, there is no transcript, only the mention of the student's names.


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Isms: Harmful to Our Communities and Schools
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Isms can be both benign and quite harmful.  Capitalism and Catholicism arguably never hurt anyone.  Racism and sexism though can be damaging to a community and certainly to a school.  Working with the standards established through the YWCAs Heritage Panel workshop, Mr. Strickland and his students have created an easy to understand primer on the harmful -isms we should all be on the lookout for in and around all of us.


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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.

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Alabama African American History Calendar Project
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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 Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Xpedition Hall     
Description: Built around the National Geography Standards, Xpedition Hall is a virtual museum that is filled with interactive exhibits designed to provoke reflection on how human beings shape and are shaped by the world in which we live. The Hall contains one exhibit for each of standard, and groups these exhibits into six galleries, which correspond to the standards six underlying '' elements.'' Students use can use an image or map of the Hall to navigate through the exhibits.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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