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Lesson Plans (28) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (9) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: From Knotty to Calculating
Description: In this lesson, students will work within their math and English language arts classes to research the development of mathematical tools and their applications.  A research paper will be produced for and graded by the English language arts teacher.  A presentation will be made in the math class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8 - 9), or English Language Arts (8 - 9), or Social Studies (9)
Title: Fried Green Tomatoes & Cultural Crossroads
Description: Having read Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, students will conduct research through an interview with an elderly person from the community (a field trip to local nursing home facility) to determine the validity of the author’s message (setting, cultural, and historical observations).  They will develop interview questions derived from observations and events from the book as a large group. Small student groups will use iPods/MP3s, laptop computers with webcams, or digital cameras to capture pictures, videos, or audio clips from their interview, as well as take notes. On their return, groups will compare facts from the book to findings during interview and collaborate to create a presentation that finds Flagg’s depiction of the Alabama of the Great Depression days credible or not.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9)
Title: Supporting or Negating a Thesis about the Relevance of English Language Skill to Career Success
Description: Students will research the relevance of possessing skills in the English language to career success.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Story Writing: Cultural Myths
Description: You are a folklorist observing the lives and cultures of different people. You want to tell the world about  their culture, beliefs, and values. You and a group of other folklorist are going to research the lives of a an ethnic group, and create a digital story about their lives, and present it to all the folklorist at the "Who are They?" convention.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: New England Literary Travel Brochure
Description: Students will research Internet sites to find places of interest regarding some early American authors.  Students will then construct a travel brochure about those sites.  Students will include pictures and paraphrased written information about those sites. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Searching for and Citing Digital Sources for Research Paper using MLA Style
Description: Students will locate, retrieve, store, and correctly cite digital information for research projects.    


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Shakespeare/Romeo & Juliet Wiki
Description: Students will self-select a teacher-supplied topic and work collaboratively with group members from their class, as well as group members from other classes (or schools) to create a wiki demonstrating their knowledge of Shakespeare, his times, social customs, writing, language, historical significance, and Romeo & Juliet. Students will research, write, edit, and correctly cite their information. Each group will communicate through e-mail, forums, instant messaging and other forms of electronic communication in their collaborative effort. Upon completion, each group will present their work to their classmates and the wiki will be available for viewing by parties outside the classroom.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Movie Madness
Description: This language arts projects motivates students through being a movie-based project. This lesson will have a duration of five days. The students will view a movie of their choice and analyze the movie to complete a chart listing literary elements for them to identify. Then the students will create a PowerPoint presentation based on the chart and present the information to the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 11), or English Language Arts (9 - 11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Life After High School
Description: Life After High School is a career research assignment that gives students an opportunity to plan their career path after high school. Even if students deviate from their plan, they need to have a tentative idea that allows them to set goals. Students will learn about their potential career, educational requirements, and learn whether they are currently preparing themselves for their chosen career path.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9 - 12)
Title: Pennies for your Future!
Description: This is a hands-on activity that is designed to guide students through the process of finding and applying for scholarships. Students will use word processing software to write and submit a scholarship that is applicable to them.  This lesson plan contains a financial aid component. Authors: Mona Coan and Stefanie Weaver


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Shakespeare's England
Description: As a preface to Romeo and Juliet, mixed-ability student groups (chosen by teacher) will complete a technology-based lesson on Shakespeare's England. Students will research topics on Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan England. Upon completion of their research, groups will compile, prepare, and present their information to classmates in a PowerPoint presentation.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (8 - 9)
Title: Cybersafety
Description: This lesson is designed to increase student awareness of the concept that there are dangers associated with Internet usage. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan. This lesson was adapted from iSafe.org and personalized for my school setting.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9)
Title: Is A Legal Career Right For You?
Description: This is a 3-part project; however, you may opt to omit 1 part. Students will investigate a career related to the legal profession to determine the various aspects of the career. In addition, students will create a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class and construct a written report to allow for personal reflection. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Body Symmetry of Animals
Description: Students will watch a slideshow about the body symmetry of animals. Included is a short quiz of animals and images. The students will determine the symmetry of each animal. Students then design their own animals. They should design one with each type of symmetry.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Oral Presentation of Favorite Celebrity
Description: Using the Internet to research facts about a favorite celebrity, students gain the organizational and oral presentation skills needed to successfully deliver an effective speech and slideshow presentation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Marathon Math
Description: This unit on sequences and series is intended to help students make the connection from math to real life situations. Developing a marathon training program for a beginner runner is one simple way that students may use patterns in real life. The total mileage per week usually creates a pattern over time. Mathematical operations on patterns, sequences, and series enable students to do the calculations necessary for exploring the pattern. Students also explore nutrition information needed for a training program as proper nutrition is an important part of sports training.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Twentieth Century Resumes
Description: Students will use the Alabama Virtual Library and other reference materials available in the library to create a resume for a twentieth century historical figure from United States history, science, or literature. The lesson is designed as a cooperative project between the classroom teacher and the library media specialist.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Alaska: The People and the Land
Description: Students will read the short story about Alaskan Native heritage, "Otoonah," as retold by Robert David San Souci. From the reading and interpretation of this native American story, students will study the indigenous people of Alaska and their association with the Alaskan environment.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Population Issues in China and India     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine population control practices of India and China. Students gather population statistics for these two countries, read about population issues in both places, and determine whether India should adopt a one-child policy like the one implemented by the Chinese government.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: African Americans After World War I: Had Race Relations Changed?      
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, explores the state of race relations in the U.S. before, during, and after World War I. Students consider the discrimination African-American volunteers faced at home and in the military and, after conducting research using an online database, they take a stand on the state of race relations at this time.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health - Disease - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: International Trade in a Global Village     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research the spread of AIDS and report on how this problem has been affected by changes in global transportation and trade. They create multimedia presentations highlighting their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: African American Soldiers in World War I: The 92nd and 93rd Divisions     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, explores the role played by African-American servicemen in World War I. Students consider the discrimination African-American volunteers faced at home and in the military and, after researching contradictory statements, take a stand about the performance of the all-black infantry divisions.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Designing Effective Poster Presentations     
Description: Students explore the genre of posters, review informational writing and visual design, and then design poster presentations to share in class or at a school-wide fair.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: United States Entry into World War I: A Documentary Chronology of World War I     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students reconsider the events leading to U.S. entry into World War I through the lens of archival documents. They create a documentary slideshow outlining the circumstances surrounding the U.S. entry into World War I.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health - Disease - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: The Spread of AIDS     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students research the spread of AIDS and how it has been affected by changes in global transportation and trade. They create multimedia reports to present their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Identifying and Understanding the Fallacies Used in Advertising     
Description: Students examine the fallacies that surround them every day, deconstruct fallacious images and messages in advertisements, and demonstrate their understanding of the fallacies through multimedia presentations.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: Women in Medicine: Past and Future     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to explore scientific enterprise in relation to the role of women in science as it has developed over the last 150 years. In this investigation, students compare the careers of two women, a century apart, involved in medical research. They also learn about xenotransplantation, the use of animal organs and tissues for transplant into human patients.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Splitting the Atom     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to use the Internet to research the history of the splitting of the atom and to use that research to make a presentation on an aspect of that topic. The focus of the splitting-the-atom story should be on the discovery of nuclear fission and its impact on world affairs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Finding and Citing Sources Using Literature Resources from Gale
Overview:
This lesson demonstrates the steps to use Literature Resources from Gale as a search tool. It further demonstrates the process of citing the sources and using the citation tool. The program offers citations in MLA or APA format and will export the citation.


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Student Research Center Intro
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This podcast introduces the uses of the Student Research Center.  Access to this database is provided by the Alabma Virtual Library.


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database Part 2
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The podcast is designed to provide instruction on utilizing the Student Research Center Database. Viewers will learn how to filter search results and save viewed articles into a folder. This podcast should be viewed after watching Part 1 Navigating the Alabama Research Center Student Research Center Database.


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Alabama Virtual Library: Literature Resources from Gale Person Search
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This podcast focuses on the Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale database. Specifically, the Person Search tool is featured. The podcast includes animation and screen capture videos as a teacher talks with a student about a research problem.


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Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale: Beyond the Basics
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This podcast focuses on four features of the Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale database. Works Searches and advanced searches are explained using screen capture videos. Also, the citation and marking features are highlighted. The podcast includes both animation and screen capture video. It is recommended that students view the basic introduction to this database (Alabama Virtual Library: Literature Resources from Gale) before viewing this video.


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Alabama Virtual Library: Literature Resources from Gale
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This podcast introduces students to the Alabama Virtual Library's Literature Resources from Gale database. Students learn to access the library and database, initiate a basic search, and to narrow their search. The podcast includes animation and screen capture videos.


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Is Research a Mission Impossible?
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Students will learn how to use the Student Research Center Database in AVL to gather information about an assigned project - Timeline: Evolution of Computers.  Students will also be introduced to MLA citations. The goal is to have students become familiar with the intricacies of the database and what it has to offer.


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database
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This podcast is designed to help famaliarize users with the Student Research Center Database. This podcast mainly focuses on perfoming a basic search and editing user preferences.


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Searching and Saving in Points of View Reference Center
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This purpose of this study is to detail how to search topics with in POV and save the results.


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