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Lesson Plans (8) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (8) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (10 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer.
Description: Students will work in groups of four to create presentations using their research on a particular farming invention that was created from (1837-1867) and also research specific elements about life on the Great Plains. Each group's presentation will be merged into a final class presentation.


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: Experiencing Ellis Island - An Interactive Immigration Project
Description: Make Ellis Island come alive for U.S. history students by processing younger students in a recreation of the immigration center. Recreate the uncertainty, fear, and confusion many immigrants experienced by arranging a variety of stations in a large open space.  Then open Ellis Island to visitors and allow time for reflection and discussion after all immigrants have been processed.


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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: Notable American Female Social Reformers (Mid 1850s-Early 1900s)
Description: This lesson will utilize the Internet to explore some of the more notable female social reformers in the United States from the mid-1850s to the early 1900s. Ideas for this lesson could include individual, group, or peer-to-peer investigation. The selection of the more notable women was choosen from Passing the New Alabama High School Graduation Examination in Social Studies (American Book Company).


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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Great Plains: A Harsh Welcome to Settlers     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the experiences of settlers on the American Great Plains in the late 1800s. They explore the ways in which humans use technology to overcome obstacles in the physical environment.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Introduction to Modernist Poetry     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students examine literary modernism. Specifically, students read and analyze modernist poetry, including T. S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Navigating Modernism with J. Alfred Prufrock     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the role of the individual in the modern world by closely reading and analyzing T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. They identify several historical, social, and cultural forces that prompted the modernist movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Thirteen Ways of Reading a Modernist Poem     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students are prompted to think about a poem's speaker within the larger context of modernist poetry. First, students review the role of the speaker in two poems of the Romanticism and Victorian periods before focusing on the differences in Wallace Stevens modernist Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Understanding the Context of Modernist Poetry     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the rise of cities; profound technological changes in transportation, architecture, and engineering; a rising population that engendered crowds and chaos in public spaces; factory life; and the aftermath of WWI. Students begin to understand how these influential factors contributed to making individuals feel less unique and more alienated, fragmented, and at a loss in their daily lives and larger worlds.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast Transcript: Nate Ball, inventors and co-host of "Design Squad''      
Description: In this podcast transcript from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Nate Ball, winner of the 2007 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for invention and co-host of PBS's "Design Squad,'' talks about inspiring inventive creativity in young people.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Podcasts


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Video: The Tragedy of the Donner Party
http://www.pbs.org/w...
This video would be used with a lesson plan in American literature or American history to add interest and help students construct meaning from the experiences of early American struggles.

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Subject: Social Studies
Title: American Railroads in the 20th Century     
Description: Students can learn more about American railroads during the 20th century. This reference page is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move , which focuses on transportation in US history.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Richard Wright was born in 1908.     
Description: Students read an appropriate excerpt from Black Boy , discuss the incident in which Richard gets into trouble, and write found poems.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.     
Description: Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883.     
Description: Students explore the literary concept of point of view by examining a pair of picture books that highlight the controversies surrounding the Brooklyn Bridge.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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