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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: What FDR Meant to Me - A Graveside Ceremony for a Four Term President
Description: As a review of the presidency of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, students will prepare remarks from differing perspectives for a special graveside eulogy.  In addition to the remarks, students will bring symbolic mementos to leave at FDR's graveside. (See attachment)  Following the ceremony, students will reflect on each person's perspective of FDR and record these reflections using a web tool called Voicethread.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel '' Out of the Dust'' , was born in 1952.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write '' Out of the Dust'' .
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Worth a Thousand Words: Depression-Era Photographs      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Images of Faulkner and the South      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the American writer William Faulkner and the Southern settings for his novels. Students research Faulkner's own family background and history and compare what they discover with the settings in As I Lay Dying.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the idea of democratic poetry by reading Whitman's words in a variety of media, examining daguerreotypes taken circa 1850, and comparing the poetic concepts and techniques behind Whitman's I Hear America Singing and Langston Hughes Let America Be America Again. Finally, using similar poetic concepts and techniques, students have an opportunity create a poem from material in their own experience.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Philosophy,Social Studies
Title: Profiles in Courage: ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' and the Scottsboro Boys Trial       Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study select court transcripts and other primary source material from the Scottsboro Boys Trial of 1933, in which two young white women wrongfully accused nine African-American youths of rape. Students then consider how an awareness of this historical event vivifies Tom Robinson's story in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Philosophy,Social Studies
Title: Profiles in Courage: Harper Lee's ''To Kill a Mockingbird''      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students read Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird carefully with an eye for all instances of courage, but particularly those of moral courage. They then consider how To Kill A Mockingbird frames issues of courage and cowardice against the backdrop of the American South in the 1930s.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Designing Museum Exhibits for The Grapes of Wrath : A Multigenre Project      Add Bookmark
Description: Using The Grapes of Wrath as a backdrop, students conduct research on issues that the novel addresses, publishing their findings in a multigenre museum exhibit.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Burying Addie's Voice      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying. Students consider the role of Addie Bundren, the effect she has on the other characters, and the impact created by Faulkner's use of multiple narrative perspectives on revelation of character and exploration of themes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Concluding the Novel      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying. Students consider the novel as a whole, reflect on its symbolism and the author's purposes, and discuss possible interpretations of the novel and its characters.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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