Title: Not so Fast, Mr. President!: Examining American Opposition to Involvement in World War I
In this lesson, students will be examining primary sources pertaining to differing viewpoints of America's involvement in World War I. The students will annotate the documents, looking for main ideas and supporting details. The students will then form graphic organizers separating two opposing viewpoints. Finally, students will write a group expository essay using the data from the graphic organizer.
This lesson was created as part of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission’s Curriculum Development Project.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (11) 24:
Title: The President's Great Idea
In remembering President Kennedy's death, his quote, "A man may die. nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on," has become the theme for this year's celebration. Banners with the end of that quote are hanging on street corners all over Boston, Massachusetts. The JFK Library has a number of good resources reflecting on Kennedy's life. This lesson may will address rhetorical strategies he used in his inaugural address in 1961. This reading can come to life and address some good writing.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer.
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.
Standard(s): [SS2010] US10 (10) 16:
Title: Personification with "Grass" by Carl Sandburg
Students will be reading the poem "Grass" and identify the main idea and supporting details with a partner. Students will then write a poem using personification.
Title: Research Project: American Heroes - Collaborative Education
This lesson is designed to help students of all backgrounds learn to work together in groups to complete a research paper assignment. This is a collaborative based lesson plan that challenges students to work together to complete the assignment as a warm-up to the individual research paper required at the end of the term. It is a technology-based lesson with student presentations and student guided research. It is a cross curriculum based lesson with areas of history and technology integrated within the lesson's content.
Standard(s): [SS2010] CWI (9-12) 5:
Title: Writing a Persuasive Essay
In this lesson students research opposing viewpoints on controversial issues and develop their own position papers. Though primarily for English classes, this lesson could be easily adapted for an interdisciplinary unit with social studies or science classes.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 11:
Title: American Historical Fiction Journal
In this American literature (1900-2000) creative research paper project, each student creates an original work of American historical fiction using his/her knowledge of the research process. Students identify and address the ways culture, technology, and social customs are reflected in American literature from 1900 to the present.
Title: Book Report Alternative: Characters for Hire! Studying Character in Drama
In this alternative to the traditional book report, students respond to a play they have read by creating a resume for one of its characters.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 29:
Title: Renaissance Humanism in Hamlet and The Birth of Venus
After reading Shakespeare's Hamlet, students identify, analyze, and explain how elements in Botticelli's painting Birth of Venus and examples from the play illustrate the philosophy of Renaissance Humanism.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 40:
Title: Paying Attention to Technology: Exploring a Fictional Technology
Students complete a short survey to establish their beliefs about technology. They compare their opinions to the ideas in a novel that depicts technology (such as 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 ).
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 33:
Title: Discovering Tone in Art
Wordle Web Address URL:
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Title: Create Mega-Sized Posters to Display Mega Learning
Block poster maker Web Address URL:
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Title: Multimedia Storytelling
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Title: On the Road author Jack Kerouac embarked on his first cross-country road trip in 1947.
Students read a section from On the Road that deals with cross-country travel and reflects Kerouac's unique writing style. Students then attempt to write a narrative using Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness style.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 28:
Title: Poet Emily Dickinson was born in 1830.
Students discuss Dickinson's poem '' This Is My Letter To The World'' and use it to focus on how audience affects voice.
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Title: A Christmas Carol was the first book transmitted over radio!
Students write a script for A Christmas Carol on a level that primary students can read and perform. Older students record the performance and create a website to showcase photographs.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 33:
Title: Black Poetry Day is celebrated.
Books and webpages are gathered that focus on the work of African American poets and students explore the resources and find a poem to contribute to a poetry reading.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (11) 32: