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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6)
Title: Sweet Revenge
Description: Students will evaluate the information from chapters 1-3 of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, particularly how the Logan children are treated by the white students and the bus driver. They will then decide if they agree or disagree with the decision made by the Logan children to seek revenge. Students will defend and provide support for their opinion. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Bee's Knees of the 1920s
Description: This is a culminating activity to an American history unit on "The Roaring 20s."  Students will work in groups to research notable individuals from the 1920s and apply that knowledge to create a digital poster using Glogster.   This poster will "advertise" these important characters and their impact on American history.


Subject: Social Studies (2 - 12)
Title: African American Honorees in Alabama History
Description: Students will create a PowerPoint slide show presentation and brochure on a famous African American icon from the Alabama Calendar. Students may select famous African Americans from Alabama such as Rosa Parks, Vonetta Flowers, Dr. Mae Jemison, Joe Louis, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron, Dr. Regina Benjamin, Dr. Ethel Hall, Judge Oscar Adams, Billie Jean Young, George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This lesson was created to accompany the Alabama African American History Calendar Project.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6)
Title: Save the Forest
Description: President Theodore Roosevelt believed in the need for conservation and was called America's first environmental president. What steps did he take to help preserve the environment and its natural resources? Today we can enjoy the beauty of our nation in national parks like the Little River Canyon National Preserve. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


Subject: Mathematics (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Hardships During the Great Depression
Description: Students will be divided into groups of 2 or more. Each group will be given a choice of jobs that were available during the 1930s. Students will learn to manage their cost of living and household expenses.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.


Subject: English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Fighting for Gender and Racial Equality
Description: In this lesson students will examine the lives of key leaders and events in the fight for gender and racial equality at the turn of the 20th century. Through this inquiry study students will choose one of these leaders or events to research. The research content will be the basis of a written summary on an individual or event. The students will also create a visual aide or role-play relating the life and times of the individual or event.


Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Extra! Extra! Harlem Renaissance Tribune
Description: From writing with Langston Hughes to dancing with Bojangles, explore 1920-30 Harlem and publish a newspaper about the arts and entertainment of this cultural renaissance that brought new energy and sound to the world.


Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Forming Unions
Description: This activity uses technology to generate interest in the study of labor unions. Students will use the Internet for research and conclude with a presentation about union leaders or labor organizations.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Wright brothers made their phenomenal flight!      Add Bookmark
Description: Students celebrate the Wright brothers' flight in 1903 by having a classroom celebration that includes a multimedia timeline and comparisons of the Wright Flyer to the planes we have today.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1939, Marian Anderson was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students view Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation letter to the DAR in response to Andersen being denied permission to sing. Students write a letter to a newspaper editor about social injustice.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: March is National Women's History Month.      Add Bookmark
Description: A scrapbook highlighting the accomplishments of famous American women is created as a class using the Alphabet Organizer and Bio-Cube.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883.      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Thomas Edison's Inventions in the 1900s and Today: From ''New'' to You!      Add Bookmark
Description: This four-lesson unit, from EDSITEment, aims to help students understand Edison's influence on life and technology, both around 1900 and today. Students consider modern technology, study the standards of life and technology in 1900, research Thomas Edison's influence in his time, and investigate how Edison's influence is still at work in modern society. Students study primary sources, research specific inventions, and create a pictorial timeline.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920.      Add Bookmark
Description: A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Charles Lindbergh began his transatlantic flight in 1927.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students consider what is meant by the phrase '' Human Hero,'' think of people who fit into the category, and read a biography of a selected hero.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Technology and Inequality      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students study briefly the history, evolution, and social benefits of the automobile (as a general model for the kinds of technologies that were once enjoyed only by those who could afford them). Though most technologies today are enjoyed by more and more people, students use interactive activities to explore the reasons why technologies like the automobile, computers, cell phones, and others are not accessed or used equally by all groups of society.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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