ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Coming to America!
Description: Delve into living conditions of tenement housing for immigrants in New York in the 19th century with this lesson.  Students research and use primary sources to create a digital PhotoStory of an immigrant family of their choice. 

Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6)
Title: Save the Forest
Description: President Theodore Roosevelt believed in the need for conservation and was called America's first environmental president. What steps did he take to help preserve the environment and its natural resources? Today we can enjoy the beauty of our nation in national parks like the Little River Canyon National Preserve. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.

Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: 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.

Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Welcome to All?
Description: This lesson is designed to be taught after an introduction to immigration history or as a culminating activity. This is a hands-on, technology-based lesson that relates a student's individual immigration history to the boom of immigration in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. This lesson also gives students insight into the rise of anti-immigrant feelings in the United States during this time period.

Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Christopher Paul Curtis and His Books: Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Description: This interdisciplinary lesson on two books by C.P. Curtis features students in one classroom (or group) reading one of the books while the other class (or group) reads the other novel. Each class then divides into groups and researches the time period of its novel and develops presentations designed to encourage the reading of the second novel. These presentations are then presented to the other class.

Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching with the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: After an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, students use the available resources to research and present information about a United States president.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans  
Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Cultural Change      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students examine some of the arguments used to win the vote for American women and explore the cultural dimension of these arguments as reflected in their characterization of men and women. In addition, students weigh the rhetorical impact these arguments had in their time by writing counter-arguments from several standpoints, and think critically about the relationship between political ideas and cultural attitudes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12

Subject: Language Arts
Title: Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Subject: Language Arts
Title: On this date in 1901, Andrew Carnegie gave $5.2 million to New York City libraries.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students write expository and persuasive pieces with the help of the Persuasion Map and Essay Map interactives, and compare the essential features of the two modes of writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12