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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: Let's Talk Socratically That Is, About the Fact of Women Being Equal to Men.
Description: For this lesson you will be using the Socratic Seminar Instructional Method. The Socratic Seminar is a great way to get students involved. Socratic seminars are useful in that they teach students to make a point through using the text for support, listen to and respect other students' opinions, and encourages students to think independently and cooperatively. Students will be given The Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments as the text for the seminar.


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.


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: 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,Social Studies
Title: Cultural Change      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students examine some of the arguments used to win the vote for American women and explore the cultural dimension of these arguments as reflected in their characterization of men and women. In addition, students weigh the rhetorical impact these arguments had in their time by writing counter-arguments from several standpoints, and think critically about the relationship between political ideas and cultural attitudes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health - Disease - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Geographic Diffusion of Disease: The Flu Pandemic of 1918-19      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on the spatial diffusion of the influenza (flu) pandemic of 1918-19. Spatial diffusion is the geographic spread of ideas, innovations, or phenomena (such as disease).
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 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: 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: 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: 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
Title: Celebrate blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students learn about blues music and brainstorm subjects that might give them '' the blues.'' Finally, they write their own blues lyrics and have the option to perform.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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