Title: Famous Failures
The students are shown a video of "Famous Failures" which provides examples of famous people who failed many times prior to becoming successful. The students are encouraged to discuss the different people in the video and are asked to think about the famous person's contributions. Was Walt Disney's impact greater than Henry Ford's? The students then (teacher facilitated) list the ten famous people they would put on a “Top 10 list."
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [SS2010] US11 (11) 15: Describe changing social and cultural conditions in the United States during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. [A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.j., A.1.k.]
Title: Everyday Heroes
Following a unit on Greek mythology and mythological heroes, students design and maintain a website that features everyday heroes. Students submit candidates based on their everyday encounters with people in the community.
Title: Never, Ever Give Up!
This lesson plan introduces the importance of perseverance. Students will discover that success comes through perseverance. Students will also have the opportunity to research Abraham Lincoln on the Internet to document examples of perseverance.
Standard(s): [SS2010] ALA (4) 6: Describe cultural, economic, and political aspects of the lifestyles of early nineteenth-century farmers, plantation owners, slaves, and townspeople.
Title: The History of Jazz - An African American Heritage Month Lesson
Using the book Ben's Trumpet, by Rachel Isadora, early elementary students will learn the historical development of jazz music. This multidisciplinary unit will incorporate a variety of cultures that have impacted the arts.
Standard(s): [AED] MU (4) 13: Recognize styles of twentieth-century music.
Title: Examining the Lives of Black Alabamians: Do You Have What It Takes to Make a Difference?
Students compare and contrast their lives and character traits with those of famous black Alabamians. Students use technology to conduct research and write an expository essay.
Standard(s): [TC2] (6-8) 9: Practice responsible and legal use of technology systems and digital content.