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ALEX Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Social Studies (10)
Title: The Art of the Conquest of Mexico
Description: Students will explore two different interpretations of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spanish, one in art and the other in literature. The perspectives of the same events as seen by the Spanish and the Aztecs will be explored. Students will highlight portions of both pieces of art to gain perspective of both sides. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Zagat's Guide to the Columbian Exchange
Description: This is a unit plan designed for a class that meets for approximately 60-96 minutes. It is also recommended that this project be used to conclude a unit that covers European exploration and the Columbian Exchange. Students will work collaboratively with a partner to create an "Old World" or "New World" restaurant menu. Old World restaurants must only serve foods that are made with ingredients that can only be found in "Old World" countries and vice versa. In this Students will be required to give the restaurant a historically referenced name and theme and use desktop publishing software to create their menu. Once menus have been produced, students will then orally present the menu to a panel of judges or their peers.  


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Slavery and the American Founding: The Inconsistency not to be excused      
Description: This lesson focuses on the views of the founders expressed in primary documents from their own time and in their own words showing opposition to slavery as contrary to the principles of the American Revolution. Students gain a better understanding of the views of many founders, even those who owned slaves - including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson - who looked forward to a time when slavery would no longer mar the American Republic.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slavery's Opponents and Defenders     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students explore the wide-ranging debate over American slavery by presenting the lives of its leading opponents and defenders and the views they held about America's peculiar institution. Students identify influential opponents and defenders of American slavery and compare their respective biographies, explain the reasons given for and against the morality and legitimacy of slavery under the U.S. Constitution, and articulate an economic argument in favor of slavery and an opposing argument on behalf of free labor.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: William Penn's Peaceable Kingdom     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students juxtapose the different promotional tracts of William Penn and David Pastorius to understand the ethnic diversity of Pennsylvania along with the pullfactors of migration in the 17th century English colonies.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the two worlds that made contact when Columbus stepped ashore in the New World in 1492. The goals of this lesson are to gain an understanding of the forces within European society that found expression in the voyage of Christopher Columbus, to examine the cultures of those whom Columbus and his successors encountered in the New World, to analyze the degree to which cultural expectations shaped the encounter experience for Columbus, and to reconstruct the encounter experience for those who saw Columbus sail into their world.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Images of the New World     
Description: How did the English picture the native peoples of America during the early phases of colonization of North America? In this lesson from EDSITEment, students interact with written and visual accounts of this critical formative period at the end of the 16th century, when the English view of the New World was being formulated, with consequences that we are still seeing today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts - History - Arts - Music - Arts - Visual Arts - Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography and History in Songs     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students look at some historical paintings on the Internet and describe the things the paintings reveal about the places depicted. They then write paragraphs explaining what they have seen and learned from one of the paintings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Activities  
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Title: Postcards From The Moonlight
Digital Tool: Postcard Creator
Digital Tool Description: The Postcard Creator allows students to identify the elements of a traditional postcard, compose and/or summarize content material, edit, and publish/print individual postcards. After editing and printing, students may illustrate the front of the postcard to reflect subject matter/events described in the postcard message.Postcard creator also features planning sheets/templates that may be utilized by students in the initial planning phases of the lesson.


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Thinkfinity Informational Materials
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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Slave Shackles     
Description: In the 15th century, decades before they sailed into the Caribbean, Spanish merchants, captains, and adventurers had already conquered and enslaved the people of the Canary Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. On the western coast of continental Africa, the Portuguese had been cultivating a slavery-based economic policy. This legacy of conquest and slavery shaped the colonization of Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. Some of the first American encounters between Europeans, Indians, and Africans took place in Puerto Rico, and its early history of genocidal violence and physical exploitation was repeated throughout the Americas.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies,Geography,Adult and Family Literacy,Informal Education
Title: When Worlds Collide     
Description: This PBS film and website look at how the Old and New Worlds mixed after Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492. The 90-minute documentary and accompanying website trace milestone events during the 16th century and illustrate how both the New World and the Old were radically transformed by contact. The extensive resources for teachers and students include a timeline, short scholarly essays and lesson plans
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling, 1652     
Description: Boston authorities allowed two settlers, John Hull and Robert Sanderson, to set up a mint in the capital in 1652. The two were soon striking silver coinage-shillings, sixpences, and threepences. Nearly all of the new coins bore the same date: 1652...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: La Llorona Doll     
Description: La Llorona, or the Weeping Woman, is the frightening figure of a heartbroken woman who drowned her children and haunts the night, especially by riversides. La Llorona reappears frequently in Mexican popular culture, north and south of the border. National Museum of American History
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Trade Tomahawk     
Description: Trade tomahawks were generally made in Europe and used by settlers to trade with the Indians.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Voyages-The Transatlantic Slave Trade     
Description: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Interactive Games
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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Middle Passage: Olaudah Equiano, Enslaved African Man     
Description: Olaudah Equiano's first-person account recalls his terrifying journey as an 11-year-old captive aboard a slave ship from Africa to Barbados in 1756. Listen to a dramatic reading of his narrative, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called Life at Sea: 1680 to 1806, which includes five perspectives on maritime life in the colonial period and early America.This resource includes a title="Equiano Teacher Guide" http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater/oral_histories/life_at_sea/pdf/guide_equiano.pdf%20" target="_blank" teacher guide , student worksheet, downloadable audio, images of supporting primary sources, and discussion questions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Price of Doing Business: Joseph Hawkins, American Officer on a Slave Ship     
Description: Joseph Hawkins was one of many workers aboard a slave ship in the 1700's. Listen to a dramatic reading of his narrative, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called Life at Sea: 1680 to 1806, which includes five perspectives on maritime life in the colonial period and early America.This resource includes a title="Hawkins Teacher Guide" http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater/oral_histories/life_at_sea/pdf/guide_hawkins.pdf%20" target="_blank" teacher guide , student worksheet, downloadable audio, images of supporting primary sources, and discussion questions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Eastern Indian Wars     
Description: Coveting what remained of the Indian lands in the Southeast and lower South, the United States forced tribes to cede their "rights of occupancy" and give up their ancestral homelands. Students will learn about the Creek Indian War and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, and the policies that led to the Trail of Tears, one of the most tragic episodes in American history in this section of the online exhibition, Price of Freedom: Americans at War . A non-flash version of this page is available: http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/printable/section.asp?id=3" Eastern Indian Wars .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12