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Subject: English Language Arts (11), or English Language Arts (11), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer.
Description: Students will work in groups of four to create presentations using their research on a particular farming invention that was created from (1837-1867) and also research specific elements about life on the Great Plains. Each group's presentation will be merged into a final class presentation.


Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: Experiencing Ellis Island - An Interactive Immigration Project
Description: Make Ellis Island come alive for U.S. history students by processing younger students in a recreation of the immigration center. Recreate the uncertainty, fear, and confusion many immigrants experienced by arranging a variety of stations in a large open space.  Then open Ellis Island to visitors and allow time for reflection and discussion after all immigrants have been processed.


Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: Notable American Female Social Reformers (Mid 1850s-Early 1900s)
Description: This lesson will utilize the Internet to explore some of the more notable female social reformers in the United States from the mid-1850s to the early 1900s. Ideas for this lesson could include individual, group, or peer-to-peer investigation. The selection of the more notable women was choosen from Passing the New Alabama High School Graduation Examination in Social Studies (American Book Company).


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Introduction to Modernist Poetry      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students examine literary modernism. Specifically, students read and analyze modernist poetry, including T. S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Richard Wright was born in 1908.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students read an appropriate excerpt from Black Boy , discuss the incident in which Richard gets into trouble, and write found poems.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 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 - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Great Plains: A Harsh Welcome to Settlers      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the experiences of settlers on the American Great Plains in the late 1800s. They explore the ways in which humans use technology to overcome obstacles in the physical environment.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Thirteen Ways of Reading a Modernist Poem      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students are prompted to think about a poem's speaker within the larger context of modernist poetry. First, students review the role of the speaker in two poems of the Romanticism and Victorian periods before focusing on the differences in Wallace Stevens modernist Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Navigating Modernism with J. Alfred Prufrock      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the role of the individual in the modern world by closely reading and analyzing T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. They identify several historical, social, and cultural forces that prompted the modernist movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Understanding the Context of Modernist Poetry      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the rise of cities; profound technological changes in transportation, architecture, and engineering; a rising population that engendered crowds and chaos in public spaces; factory life; and the aftermath of WWI. Students begin to understand how these influential factors contributed to making individuals feel less unique and more alienated, fragmented, and at a loss in their daily lives and larger worlds.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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