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ALEX Lesson Plan Resources
ALEX Lesson Plans
Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (5)
Henry "Box" Brown
This can be an extended literature connection (the book is useful but not required to use this lesson plan). The book Henry Brown's Box, the Slave who Mailed Himself to Freedom, is the basis for this lesson. In Henry's later life, he was an international speaker, describing his courageous journey to become free. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (2 - 3)
A Weed is a Flower
In this lesson, students will learn to identify the main purpose of a text and distinguish it from their own point of view with the book A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki and other informational texts. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (7 - 12)
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.
Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.
Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
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.
Character Education (K - 12), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
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.
Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
A Penny For Your Thoughts
This is an outline for a week-long lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literature-based study of the Presidents represented on the coins.
Arts Education (4), or Character Education (K - 12)
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.
Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
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.
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