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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Report the Trials: Salem Hysteria
Description: Students will act as a radio/TV reporter informing the public of the hysteria of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Within partners/groups, students will create a podcast/vodcast connecting Puritan life and culture with the events in Salem.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Extra, Extra!! Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Newscast
Description: This lesson will be an interdisciplinary lesson that involves both English Language Arts and Social Studies (History). The lesson will be primarily technology-based and also project-based that will have the students performing historical research and developing a "photo-story" through a PowerPoint presentation for their own newscast. The lesson will be part of a larger unit that combines literature from the early 1600s through the 1800s, and will primarily focus on the encounters and relationships of European explorers with the Native American life in North America. The lesson, in particular, will look at the Puritan life and beliefs, and how this life style influenced history, literature, and one woman's captivity with the Native American Indian tribe of the Wampanoag. Through research and analysis of the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson, the students will compose a newscast that will track the history of the events of King Philip's War and tie those events into a narrow report on Mary Rowlandson's actual captivity through the "removes" that she details in her narrative.


Subject: Social Studies (10 - 12)
Title: Interpreting Documents on the AHSGE
Description: Students will explore the documents that were used in shaping the United States, before, during, and after its creation. While studying these documents, students will use reading skills to interpret and analyze documents. By the end of the unit, students should be able to describe, explain the historical significance of, and explain the impact of documents. Through modeling, the teacher will identify the three types of historical documents (those used in the creation of American documents, American documents created during the founding of the nation, and those created after the birth of America). In addition, students will be guided through reading and interpreting a document, as well as determining its historical significance. Students should also be able to identify a few key documents by examining a small excerpt. By creating a document brochure from library and internet research, students will be able to summarize the main ideas of the documents.


Subject: Social Studies (10)
Title: Creating the 14th Colony
Description: After studying the 13 original colonies students will create their own colonies in cooperative groups. This will help students understand the difficulties the colonist had to endure in learning to work together. Students will have to name thier colony, choose a location for thier colony, write a compact, and choose essential items needed to live in the colony.


Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Our Original Thirteen Colonial Settlements
Description: After students have researched one of the thirteen original colonies, they will be asked to present a flyer encouraging others to come settle in their assigned colony. Oral presentations to the class must be accompanied by a written report and may include a computer slideshow presentation that will receive a separate grade.


Subject: Social Studies (10)
Title: Learning About Colonial Life
Description: This is a group activity that allows students to use predictions to learn about the lifestyle of American colonists.


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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's ''The Crucible''      Add Bookmark
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students consider how Arthur Miller interpreted the facts of the Salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them in his play, The Crucible. Students examine some of Miller's historical sources: biographies of key players and transcripts of the Salem Witch trials themselves. The students also read a summary of the historical events in Salem and study a timeline. The students then read The Crucible itself.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Chesapeake Bay: A Time for Change      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, from Captain John Smith's explorations of Native American settlements in the early seventeenth century to the present, and examine how these changes over time can help illuminate the interrelationship between people and place. They then apply a similar approach to their local area. Through an examination of a timeline of change, students make connections between the present interaction with place and its future and consider ways that they can help shape the future course of both the Chesapeake Bay watershed and their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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