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Lesson Plans (12) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (10) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: Famous Failures
Description: The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list." This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (8 - 9), or Social Studies (11)
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: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: History: It's All Around Me
Description: Most students are unaware of the historical significances that can be found in their immediate surroundings. This lesson plan sends students on a quest to seek out areas of historical significance that can be found within their local area. Once students find these hidden historical gems they will report their findings via photo story. This lesson plan has been made with Alabama historical places of reference in mind; you will need to adapt it for your own individual state.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Social Studies (11)
Title: The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Lost Towns of Marshall County, Alabama
Description: Students will create computer models based both on contemporary maps and primary sources to explore the role of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s hydroelectric projects in altering more than 75 miles of the natural landscape and in displacing communities along the Tennessee River.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Social Security Act     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson students examine the 1935 Social Security Act, and the debates surrounding it, in order to evaluate the reasons for this act and the related agency.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: FDR's Fireside Chats: The Power of Words     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson students gain a sense of the dramatic effect of FDR's voice on his audience by listening to audio recordings, consider the scope of what he was proposing in these initial speeches, and make an overall analysis of why the Fireside Chats were so successful.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: African-Americans and the New Deal's Civilian Conservation Corps     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson student examine primary source documents pertaining to the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corp and evaluate the impact of this program on race relations in America.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Lesson 2: NAACP's Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1930's     
Description: In this lesson students participate in a role-play activity that has them become members of a newspaper or magazine editorial board preparing a retrospective report about the NAACP's anti-lynching campaign of the 1930s.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rise of Social Reform in the 1930s     
Description: This lesson asks students to explore the various roles that Eleanor Roosevelt took on, among them: First Lady, political activist for civil rights, newspaper columnist and author, and representative to the United Nations.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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



ALEX Podcasts


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The New South: A Political View
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 Samuel L. Webb presents The New South: A Political View. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Thomas Goode Jones, B.B. Comer, Charles Henderson, Thomas Kilby – we’ve all seen these names on buildings across Alabama. But who were these men and why were they important? In this program Webb will discuss major events, significant men and women, and important economic and social movements that had an important impact on Alabama politics between the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of the Great Depression. The fortunes of Alabama’s Democratic Party, the various factions that dominated its councils, and the dissenters who dared to challenge its control of the state will constitute a major portion of the discussion. Webb was born and grew up in York, Alabama, graduated from Sumter County High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Livingston University, a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, a master’s in history from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a Ph. D. in history from the University of Arkansas. He was an assistant state attorney general, deputy district attorney in Jefferson County, an attorney in private practice for three years, and spent four years lobbying the legislature for the University of South Alabama. For the last twenty-one years Webb has taught history at UAB. He is the author of Two-Party Politics in the One-Party South: Alabama’s Hill Country 1874-1920, co-editor of Alabama Governors: A Political History of the State, and has published articles in numerous journals on Alabama’s political history. 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.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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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.

Informational Materials


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Voices from the Dust Bowl
http://lcweb2.loc.go...
Covering a period between 1940 and 1941, this collection documents the lives of Dust Bowl migrants living in Farm Security Administration (FSA) camps in California.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange     
Description: During the Great Depression, government photographer Dorothea Lange took this picture at a migrant farmworkers' camp near Nipomo, California. Lange's brief caption recorded her impressions of the family's plight: "Destitute pea pickers ... a 32-year-old mother of seven children." First published in a San Francisco newspaper, this poignant image became one of the most famous photographs of the Depression era, emblematic of the hardships suffered by poor migrant families. The "migrant mother," anonymous for many years, was later identified as Oklahoma native Florence Thompson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Silk Satin Dress     
Description: Virginia Lee Mead wore this salmon-pink silk satin dress when she was a young woman living in New York City's Chinatown, where her father, Lee B. Lok, a first-generation immigrant, ran a general store. The full-length dress is a traditional style that younger second-generation Chinese women wore to formal celebrations during the 1930s. "When I was a child, I really didn't know I was American," recalls Lee. "I had no idea. I mean, we lived in a Chinese community and everybody was Chinese, so we [were] Chinese."
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1970s-2000 Global Economy Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: In these classroom activities, developed for the exhibition America on the Move , students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including a historical map and answer questions about them to learn more about global consumption, production, and transportation and the impact of globalization in their own communities. The activities provide opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing will help students develop and strengthen map-reading skills and identify issues and problems in the past and connect the past to the present.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 1930s and 1940s Highways Classroom Activity Guide     
Description: In these classroom activities, developed for the exhibition America on the Move , students will use visual, analytical, and interpretive skills to examine primary sources including a historical map and photography by Dorothea Lange and answer questions about them to learn more about road travel and the role highways played in 1930s. Students will also conduct research and answer questions about the impact of the Great Depression, WPA and CCC on their own communities. The activities provide opportunities for historical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, analyzing cause/effect relationships, understanding multiple points of view, performing original research, debating and persuasive writing and helps students develop and strengthen map-reading skills. Students also will employ research skills to obtain historical data, analyze and make decisions, identify issues and problems in the past and connect the past to the present.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Health,Social Studies
Title: New Deal Network     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Blue Ribbon site contains documentary resources for the study of FDR and his Depression-era programs. Its mission is to inform new generations of the ideals and achievements of two important figures of the 20th century, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It is a research and teaching resource devoted particularly to the New Deal public works and arts projects.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Story Behind the Song: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?     
Description: When Americans were humbled by the Great Depression, this song gave voice to their fears and feelings of loss.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Story Behind the Song: God Bless America     
Description: In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: NBC "Fireside Chat'' Microphone     
Description: On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of about thirty informal "Fireside Chat'' addresses over the radio. His ability to communicate over this new medium directly and personally, addressing each listener as a respected friend, gave FDR a powerful tool to shape public opinion.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: The 1900s     
Description: Use short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions to explore American history from the 1900s in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The nine questions included in this segment cover topics such as World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and September 11, 2001.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Now     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, is a quarterly online journal for teachers and students. The site features lesson plans, reflections from leading historians, multimedia interactive resources such as audio clips and slideshows and an '' Ask the Archivist'' section where teachers and students can send questions and see the answers posted on the site. Users can find information on Abraham Lincoln, national holidays, elections, voting rights, immigration, the American West, slavery, abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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