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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: What FDR Meant to Me - A Graveside Ceremony for a Four Term President
Description: As a review of the presidency of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, students will prepare remarks from differing perspectives for a special graveside eulogy.  In addition to the remarks, students will bring symbolic mementos to leave at FDR's graveside. (See attachment)  Following the ceremony, students will reflect on each person's perspective of FDR and record these reflections using a web tool called Voicethread.


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Concluding the Novel     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying. Students consider the novel as a whole, reflect on its symbolism and the author's purposes, and discuss possible interpretations of the novel and its characters.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Burying Addie's Voice     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying. Students consider the role of Addie Bundren, the effect she has on the other characters, and the impact created by Faulkner's use of multiple narrative perspectives on revelation of character and exploration of themes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Designing Museum Exhibits for The Grapes of Wrath : A Multigenre Project     
Description: Using The Grapes of Wrath as a backdrop, students conduct research on issues that the novel addresses, publishing their findings in a multigenre museum exhibit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Philosophy,Social Studies
Title: Profiles in Courage: Harper Lee's ''To Kill a Mockingbird''     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students read Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird carefully with an eye for all instances of courage, but particularly those of moral courage. They then consider how To Kill A Mockingbird frames issues of courage and cowardice against the backdrop of the American South in the 1930s.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Philosophy,Social Studies
Title: Profiles in Courage: ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' and the Scottsboro Boys Trial      
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study select court transcripts and other primary source material from the Scottsboro Boys Trial of 1933, in which two young white women wrongfully accused nine African-American youths of rape. Students then consider how an awareness of this historical event vivifies Tom Robinson's story in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the idea of democratic poetry by reading Whitman's words in a variety of media, examining daguerreotypes taken circa 1850, and comparing the poetic concepts and techniques behind Whitman's I Hear America Singing and Langston Hughes Let America Be America Again. Finally, using similar poetic concepts and techniques, students have an opportunity create a poem from material in their own experience.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Images of Faulkner and the South     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the American writer William Faulkner and the Southern settings for his novels. Students research Faulkner's own family background and history and compare what they discover with the settings in As I Lay Dying.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Worth a Thousand Words: Depression-Era Photographs     
Description: The goals of this lesson, from EDSITEment, are to gain insight into New Deal programs and the experience of Depression-era Americans, to recognize the distinction between observation and inference when drawing information from documentary photographs, to recognize some ways the photographer can influence interpretation of documentary photographs, and to gain experience in critical thinking about media.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Shaking the Foundations: Alabama in the 1930's and 1940's
Overview:
ArchiTreats: Food for Thought celebrates the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us as Leah Rawls Atkins presents Shaking the Foundations: Alabama in the 1930s and 1940s. This presentation was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The Great Depression and World War II were watershed years for the state of Alabama. From the poverty and despair of the most severe economic depression in American history, the state began to emerge from the hard times to prosper from the billion-dollar economic development that poured into Alabama to finance defense and, later, war industries and military bases. Alabama took a leadership role in preparing the nation for war and training and supplying troops. From air bases, such as Maxwell Field, to forts such as Fort McClellan, to military camps, such as Camp Rucker; to the steel mills of Birmingham and the Port of Mobile ship-building operations; to the men and women who volunteered; from the aluminum plants to the explosives plants, Alabama was a vital cog in the nation’s defense. The driving forces in these years shook the foundations of politics and society, forcing Alabama to face challenges in a new world. Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins retired in 1995 after a decade with Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, where she directed four major NEH-funded librarybased public programs: “The Civil War: Crossroads of Our Being,” “World War II: Home Front/ War Fronts,” “Reading Our Lives: Southern Autobiography,” and “Read Alabama!” She taught history at Auburn and at Samford University. She was the secretary of the Alabama Historical Association (AHA) and has served as president of both the AHA and the Association of Alabama Historians. She was on the founding board of the Friends of the Archives, and she presently serves on the board of the Archives and History Foundation and the Cahaba Foundation, which is devoted to preserving the site of Alabama’s first capital. She has authored and a co-authored many works including Alabama: The History of a Deep South State and a fourth-grade Alabama history textbook. Her centennial history of the Alabama Power Company won AHA’s Sulzby Award in 2006. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.


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Alabama Moments in American History
http://www.alabamamo...
This website provides supplemental materials correlated to the 10th and 11th grade Social Studies Course of Study and the graduation exam. These resources were created in an effort to show how Alabama's history is interwoven with the history of the U. S.

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Dear Mrs. Roosevelt - Analyzing Letters
http://newdeal.feri....
This section contains a series of questions or tasks that ask students to analyze the letters found at this Web Site. Each task stands alone, so you can pick and choose what seems useful to you based on your specific curriculum needs. This lesson plan is one of many found on the New Deal website.

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TVA Electricity for All
http://newdeal.feri....
Lesson plans include analyzing political cartoons, historical documents, and role-playing. This is one of several lesson plans found on the New Deal website.

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The Ex-Slave Narratives Lesson Plans
http://newdeal.feri....
These lessons include slave narratives, analyzing historical documents, and compare/contrast slave experiences using technology and collaborative learning groups.

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How the Blues Inspire Writing
http://corndancer.co...
The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the blues and help them write a blues song.

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SEEING AMERICA: Thomas Hart Benton’s Boomtown, 1928
http://mag.rochester...
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the WPA/Federal Art Project government agency employed artists in a variety of media and on a wide range of projects. Benton’s painting was the result of a summer sketching trip that took him to Borger, Texas.

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Scottsboro Trial Transcript
http://law2.umkc.edu...
Transcript of the Scottsboro Trial in 1931. This trial is the basis for the trial in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Children of the Great Depression
http://www.digitalhi...
This website provides information and photographs of children and their lives during the Great Depression.

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What Is the Blues?
http://www.pbs.org/t...
This PBS article is on the the development and impact of the blues.

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A Fateful Journey - Scottsboro Map
http://www.pbs.org/w...
In 1931, the paths of nine young black men and two young white women converged on the train tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Decatur, Alabama. The criminal trials that resulted would spark the civil rights movement. Follow the journey of the passengers as they boarded the train and met their fates.

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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel '' Out of the Dust'' , was born in 1952.     
Description: Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write '' Out of the Dust'' .
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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