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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Impact of Political Debates in the Television Age
Description: This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement in the state elections process as part of a unit to prepare for debates to be held in the Fall of 2010.  The lesson may also be adapted for use as a stand alone lesson. Student groups research television debates from 1960-2008 and collaborate on a wiki to present an overview of each debate and analyze the impact of these political debates on elections. Other lessons in this unit are Why Vote?, How Do You Vote:What Do You Need to Know to Vote in Alabama?, and Analyzing Gubernatorial Debates: The 2010 Election.


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Let's Vote! What Do You Need to Know to Vote In Alabama?
Description: Registering to vote, gathering information about the candidates, and casting a vote at the polls are vital parts of the process of selecting elected officials. Students will understand how the registration process works and how to cast their votes in Alabama, thus fulfilling their responsibilities as citizens in the electorate.


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Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing Gubernatorial Debates: The 2010 Election  
Description: This technology-based lesson encourages active engagement in the state electoral process. Students collaborate on a wiki designed to aid in analyzing candidates' responses in a gubernatorial debate.  Pre-debate and post-debate activties are included and may be adapted for use in either 7th Grade Civics or 12th Grade United States Government. The 2010 Gubernatorial Debates will be held on September 16th at the University of Alabama and October 19th at Auburn University.  The debates will be televised and are Co-sponsored by the Student Government Associations of The University of Alabama and Auburn University, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, and the League of Women Voters of Alabama, Greater Tuscaloosa, and East Alabama.


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Subject: Social Studies (7)
Title: Fact vs. Opinion
Description: This lesson is a hands-on way for students to learn how to discern between fact and opinion. This is an important skill for citizenship in that citizens should be informed about what is happening in their communities and should take credible information with them into the voting booth. This lesson overlaps with the seventh grade English curriculum, offering students a chance to write a persuasive paragraph.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Civics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Dealing with Disasters     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students study potential natural hazards in their community, report on local hazards in small groups, and discuss community preparation and response for one or more of these forces of nature. This lesson would be appropriate to conduct after viewing the giant screen film Forces of Nature.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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If I Were Leader of the Free World: Breath
Overview:
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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Isms: Harmful to Our Communities and Schools
Overview:
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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Becoming Billie Holiday
Overview:
Carole Boston Weatherford was interviewed about her book, Becoming Billie Holiday. The interview was prepared, filmed, edited, and rendered by students from Brewbaker Tech High School and took place at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, Alabama on April 18, 2009.


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Lesson Plans


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Civics Units
http://www.icivics.o...
This webpage allows you to search by state for units/lessons for the Civics curriculum. The www.icivics.org website includes games, lessons, and webquests.

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Cast your Vote
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In Cast Your Vote, you choose the questions in a debate, rate the candidates' responses, and vote for the candidate of your choice.

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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