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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Psychology News Wiki
Description: This engaging lesson may be utilized for the entire duration of the Psychology or Advanced Placement Psychology course to keep students informed about new discoveries in the field and instruct them on the scientific writing process. Students research the Internet to locate breaking news in Psychology and write a psychological abstract on the article they have selected. 


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: It's Time
Description: Students must prepare to be future business professionals.  By researching the importance of employee/student time and attendance and creating a brochure, students will gain essential knowledge of practical business practices.  The brochure should explain the school's policy, describe the role good/poor attendance plays in the workplace, and describe penalties/rewards.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Going the "Write" Direction
Description: We’ve all gotten bad directions and if the truth were known, we have all given poor directions.So we are going to hone our skills in giving (writing) and following (reading) directions.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: History from Hairspray
Description: Students will conduct an Internet search to find out about specific items, events, and people mentioned in the song lyrics from the movie.


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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 (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Research Project: American Heroes - Collaborative Education
Description: This lesson is designed to help students of all backgrounds learn to work together in groups to complete a research paper assignment. This is a collaborative based lesson plan that challenges students to work together to complete the assignment as a warm-up to the individual research paper required at the end of the term. It is a technology-based lesson with student presentations and student guided research. It is a cross curriculum based lesson with areas of history and technology integrated within the lesson's content.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: What is in a Biome? 
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create a lesson and provide a three dimensional model of teacher assigned biome.  In groups students will use lap tops to acquire information about assigned biome.  Groups will then create lesson presentation and a three dimensional model explaining identifying characteristics of assigned biome.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Devil and Tom Walker Newsletter
Description: Students will create a newsletter with information taken from the short story "The Devil and Tom Walker." Students will work in pairs and decide which parts of the newsletter each will be responsible for completing.   The finished newsletter will be published for the class to view.  


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Classify with the Library of Congress
Description: Students will learn about the Library of Congress Classification System by viewing online tutorials.Students will create visual aids to communicate an understanding of the system. Students will use the LCC to locate and organize books.


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Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: How Much is My Inventory Worth?
Description: In this lesson, students will estimate costs of inventory and cost-of-goods sold using inventory valuation methods. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Business Letter Using Mail Merge
Description: In this lesson, students will learn to use the mail merge feature of their word processing software. They will utilize the Internet for research, compose a business letter, and key the letter using mail merge. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Insurance to Protect My Home
Description: This lesson will compare types of dwelling insurance such as condo, renter, and homeowners. The types of insurance will be defined, and the items covered will be identified. Also, within the homeowners category, the levels of coverage will be explored. This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: Finance (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Importance of setting goals
Description: This lesson has students set goals for themselves and determine if they are short-term, intermediate or long-term goals. 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 (10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Flow of Red Blood Cells
Description: Students will research the flow of red blood cells through the body. The student will prepare a presentation (oral or written) based on RAFT (role, audience, format, theme). Students will use technology to do research for accuracy of information and English Language Arts for presentation.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: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: To Herb or Not to Herb
Description: This unit allows students to research some common herbal supplements to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the herb. Students will compare the herbal supplements to pharmaceutical medicines to judge which is the better choice. Students will make a PowerPoint presentation to advertise herbal supplements and their common uses. The students will make an informative web site that allows others access to their discoveries. The students will learn the process of scientific problem-solving using the appropriate tools and technology. Students will critique the advertisement of herbal drugs and the impact they are having on society. They will present their findings to the class with a brochure or newsletter.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: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Circles of Life
Description: This is an inquiry based cooperative learning unit that can be used in biology as a graduation exam review or in botany for a nine week project. The students will learn the life cycle of mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. The teacher can choose to do the cycles together or separate.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: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Rock Steady
Description: Students use the knowledge of the rock cycle to write a story about a pet rock. The story must include the rock changing from magma, to each type of rock igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The story should end with the pet rock being identified and in the hands of the student.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: Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Water Tank Creations Part I
Description: In this lesson students will study the surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes by creating a water tank comprised of these shapes. Students will work in groups of 4-5 to research water tanks, develop scale drawings and build a scale model. Teacher will evaluate the project using a rubric and students will assess one anothers cooperative skills using a rubric.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Advertising and Its Effects on Consumer Decision Making
Description: This lesson will show the student the power of advertising to create demand for a product. After reviewing existing advertisements, the students will create their own campaign for a product. Following a presentation to the class as a whole, the students will analyze the campaign.


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Subject: Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The 1960s: A Time of Contrast, Change, and Controversy
Description: This lesson explores the 1960s and the contrasts, changes, and controversies that occurred during the period. The teacher will present an overview of the cultural and social aspects of the period. Students will choose a person, event, or area involved in the decade. Each student will research his/her topic and present the research in a brochure, flyer, newsletter, or powerpoint presentation using the appropriate technology.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (8 - 9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Travel Newsletter
Description: In a role as the director of tourism for a student-selected city, state, or country, students conduct online research to create travel newsletters enticing tourists to visit their chosen areas. Newsletter content includes location, historical background, primary industry, attractions, and accommodations. Word processing skills implemented include newspaper columns, word art, graphic lines, serif vs. sans serif fonts, and justification.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Parent Brochures for English Language Learners
Description: In this lesson English Language Learners will design and publish a brochure that introduces the school to their parents. The brochure includes English and native language translations, pictures, and explanations of school function. The lesson can be adjusted for any grade level.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Everyman in Everyday Language
Description: To gain understanding of allegory and appreciate the changing nature of language, students will read, discuss, and rewrite the medieval morality play Everyman into common teenage language.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Running of the Bulls and Bullfighting in Pamplona, Spain
Description: Students research the history and the traditions surrounding the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and bullfighting and its significance to the Spanish culture. Students submit a typed report on their findings and in pairs present those findings to the class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Analyzing the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Description: Students examine ways in which life events of a poet influence the poetry written. After researching Emily Dickinson's biography, students analyze her poetry and present a collage depicting one poem. The lesson can be easily adapted to the study of many other poets.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Gift For Mom and Dad
Description: Following a reading of O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi," students write an expository essay based on the connotative definition of "gift." The essay is then presented as a holiday gift. The lesson can be adapted to a variety of occasions and grade levels.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Vamos a Viajar
Description: Students will learn about Spanish-speaking countries around the world. They will create brochures or newsletters to illustrate their research.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Translating Short Stories into Original Short Films
Description: After reviewing the elements of the short story, students develop a script and storyboard from a published or original story. Students then film and edit a video of the story to present during a class film festival.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: ABC Book of Fauna
Description: This lesson is to provide students the opportunity to explore the various types of fauna (animals) found in the various biomes throughout the world.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Alphabet
Description: In this technology-based visual arts lesson, students find letters of the alphabet in objects made from nature. For example: veins of a leaf to make the "v," a fallen tree in front of another to make the letter "x," ground erosion to make the letter "y". Through digital photography and basic computer skills students create their own digital "natural" alphabet.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Ein Mann zu Viel
Description: In this lesson designed for second semester of German 3/4, students will read a short story Ein Mann zu Viel, review vocabulary, discuss chapters and then recreate the story by making a video adaptation of the story. Students may alter the ending of the story to make it more interesting.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Explore!
Description: The Manifest Destiny of the 1800's began with Thomas Jefferson's dramatic political foresight of arranging the Louisiana Purchase. The stories of courage and determination from these lands began with the Lewis and Clark expedition. In this lesson students will explore the fascinating people, places, and struggles of the expedition. Students will create from their study a brochure depicting at least five areas of information about the Lewis and Clark expedition.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Going the Distance for Circles
Description: This lesson is designed for an Advanced Mathematics class and introduces the first conic section - a circle. The definition and important information related to circles is presented in a multimedia presentation. Students are then required to document what they have learned in a brochure.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: "Dummie's" Guide to PCR
Description: (This lesson is for a more advanced class such as honors or AP Biology.) The lesson will look at one of the most important tools to the molecular biologist, PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). The students will learn the science behind PCR and the steps scientists go through to do PCR. The students will design a slideshow presentation to explain the science of PCR to others.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Letter of Introduction - Writing as a Diagnostic Tool
Description: At the beginning of the school year, students respond to a teacher-generated questionnaire in personal letter format. As a diagnostic tool, letter writing can reveal strengths and weaknesses in composition skills, organization, sentence structure, and mechanics.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Identifying Parallel Structure in Sentences
Description: After textbook and online instruction in parallel construction, students examine Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence for parallelism before writing their own paragraphs.


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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: How Hate Changes Society
Description: Government classes usually focus on the workings of the United States Government alone. In this unit of study, students will compare the United States government with that of pre-Nazi Germany. This unit will demonstrate to students how misguided public policy can become when dissent and debate are silenced.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Planning a Company Picnic
Description: As students plan a company picnic, they gain proficiency in word processsing, online research, and the creation of a database and spreadsheet.


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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: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Introduction to Biology: Organisms
Description: This lesson introduces basic biology principles and the characteristics of living organisms.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (3 - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 12)
Title: Spanish Travel Brochures
Description: Students will incorporate information from Internet research in creating original travel brochures for Spanish speaking countries using word processing or publishing software. Students could alternatively create wikis or podcasts.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Planning a Family Vacation
Description: Students will use the Internet to explore different vacation opportunities for the family. Using a given set of criteria, students will compile data in a table, then use the data to create a tri-fold brochure and a slideshow presentation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: New Town Health Club
Description: Over the course of the year, the students in Human Anatomy and Physiology will design a health club. As part of this year-long project, the students will develop a brochure or print advertisement for the health club. This project will give real-world experience to the student in the use of various forms of technology as well as a connection between actual situations and class content.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: What’s in the Can?
Description: This lesson is designed to teach students to read labels and to become more aware of the nutritional values found in different kinds of foods. According to the FDA guidelines, Americans should limit the amount of sodium, sugar, and saturated fat, and increase the amount of fiber in their diets. Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate different foods and become more aware of what foods contain carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals as well as which ones are high in salt, sugar and fiber.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Researching Dolphins as Endangered Mammals
Description: In this interdisciplinary lesson, students work in groups of 3-4 to use the Internet for research. Students create reports and slideshow presentations (optional) defining dolphins as mammals and as an endangered species. Students will also propose ways to prevent extinction.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Beaver Mountain Bike Tours Presentation
Description: Students will create, design and give a multimedia presentation about Beaver Mountain Bike Tours to pursuade travel agents to use their service. Presentations will include digital photography, Excel graphs, Word tables, and organizational graphs in PowerPoint. This is a business simulation that students will complete after finishing all major sections in the Microsoft Office Suite and is a culmulation of all of the skills learned previously. The total business simulation was created by Carl Lyman.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: One-Page Academic Reports (MLA Style)
Description: Students will use word processing software to format a one-page academic report. This report style (MLA) can be used in any subject. The lesson may be extended to include multiple pages, citations, and a works cited page.


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Subject: Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: National Park Road Trip
Description: This lesson allows students to use computer skills they have learned to do a research project on national parks. The students will research a park, plan a trip to a park, keep a "journal" of the trip, document their sources using MLA style, and then make a presentation to the class.


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Word 2010 Tutorial
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This detailed tutorial teaches you how to do basic and advanced tasks in Word. There are videos and exercises to support the instructional material. A table of contents makes it easy to quickly find the skill you need.

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Word 2010 Tutorial
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This detailed tutorial teaches you how to do basic and advanced tasks in Word. There are videos and exercises to support the instructional material. A table of contents makes it easy to quickly find the skill you need.

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Word 2010 Tutorial
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This detailed tutorial teaches you how to do basic and advanced tasks in Word. There are videos and exercises to support the instructional material. A table of contents makes it easy to quickly find the skill you need.

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