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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: Let's Talk Socratically That Is, About the Fact of Women Being Equal to Men.
Description: For this lesson you will be using the Socratic Seminar Instructional Method. The Socratic Seminar is a great way to get students involved. Socratic seminars are useful in that they teach students to make a point through using the text for support, listen to and respect other students' opinions, and encourages students to think independently and cooperatively. Students will be given The Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments as the text for the seminar.


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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 12)
Title: Interpreting Documents on the AHSGE
Description: Students will explore the documents that were used in shaping the United States, before, during, and after its creation. While studying these documents, students will use reading skills to interpret and analyze documents. By the end of the unit, students should be able to describe, explain the historical significance of, and explain the impact of documents. Through modeling, the teacher will identify the three types of historical documents (those used in the creation of American documents, American documents created during the founding of the nation, and those created after the birth of America). In addition, students will be guided through reading and interpreting a document, as well as determining its historical significance. Students should also be able to identify a few key documents by examining a small excerpt. By creating a document brochure from library and internet research, students will be able to summarize the main ideas of the documents.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (10)
Title: Where Can I Find That Book?
Description: This lesson allows students to use current topics of study (e.g. the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts) to learn about the Library of Congress Classification System (LCC).


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The First American Party System: Events, Issues, and Positions     
Description: In this three-lesson unit from EDSITEment, students read the philosophical and policy statements of Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and others to better understand the nature and positions of the first political parties in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? What Are the Qualities of a Good Military Leader?     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study General Washington's early military career and consider what qualities made George Washington an effective military leader. They explore how the responsibilities of the Commander-in-Chief were affected by conditions during the Revolutionary War.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? Powers and Problems     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study General Washington's handling of the problems he faced as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. They then discuss how Washington's responses demonstrate the qualities that make him an effective general.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? Leadership in Victory: One Last Measure of the Man     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study General Washington's response to the Newburgh Conspiracy of 1783, an invitation from senior Continental Army officers for Washington to lead a military dictatorship. Students then reflect on what this incident reveals about Washington's leadership qualities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: From the President's Lips: The Concerns that Led to the Sedition (and Alien) Act     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine the international situation during John Adams presidency. They focus on the concerns that led to the Sedition Act.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader?      
Description: This unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, introduces activities in which students read the Continental Congress's resolutions granting powers to General Washington; analyze some of Washington's wartime orders, dispatches, and correspondence in terms of the characteristics of a good general; and study four battles by referring to primary source materials. In the final lesson in the unit, students examine Washington's words in response to a proposal that he become the head of a military dictatorship.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader? Leadership in Victory and Defeat     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students evaluate the military leadership of General Washington by studying four significant battles of the Revolutionary War. They then discuss how Washington responded to the difficulties he faced as the leader of the Continental Army.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Voices of the American Revolution      
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students are taught how to make informed analyses of primary documents illustrating the diversity of religious, political, social, and economic motives behind competing perspectives on questions of independence and rebellion. Making use of a variety of primary texts, the activities below help students to hear some of the colonial voices that, in the course of time and under the pressure of novel ideas and events, contributed to the American Revolution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, examines a critical episode in George Washington's second administration, when federal efforts to collect an excise tax on liquor sparked armed resistance in the frontier communities of western Pennsylvania. Students focus on answering the question: When is the federal government justified in using force against American citizens?
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: George Washington: The Living Symbol     
Description: The goals of this lesson, from EDSITEment, are to examine the life and legend of George Washington as reflected in his writings and in popular commemorations of his accomplishments, to investigate his contribution to the legend that has grown up around him, to explore some of the meanings that have been attached to Washington through the course of American history, and to present a statement of findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Families in Bondage     
Description: This two-part lesson from EDSITEment draws on letters written by African Americans in slavery and by free blacks to loved ones still in bondage, singling out a few among the many slave experiences to offer students a glimpse into slavery and its effects on African American family life. In Part I, students examine the letters of Hannah Valentine, an enslaved woman who lived on a Virginia plantation. In Part II, students read letters from a fugitive slave to his still-enslaved wife and from a black Union soldier to his still-enslaved daughters, confronting directly the anguish of separation that was a constant factor in African American family life during slave times, when children and parents, husbands and wives, were routinely sold away from one another. Students explore the emotional terrain revealed in these letters by comparing the response to separation voiced by Valentine with that voiced by the Union soldier and the fugitive slave.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Overcoming British Tyranny
Overview:
What events led to the colonies winning their independence? 


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: ' Poor Richard's Almanack'' was first published in 1733.     
Description: Students explore some of the proverbs taken from '' Poor Richard's Almanack'' , give their impressions or someone who would write these statements, and choose one saying to paraphrase.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773.     
Description: Students create a political cartoon for the Boston Tea Party and use the interactive Comic Creator to publish them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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