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"A Chicken for Every Pot"?

The Great Depression and President Hoover

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In this lesson, students will examine President Hoover's response to the Great Depression and how that affected the presidential election of 1932. Students will analyze videos, Great Depression slang, and a reading to determine the reasons that Hoover did not win reelection for president. Students will... Read more »

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"A Chicken for Every Pot"?

The Great Depression and President Hoover

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In the interview with British Vogue, "Ask a Legend: Billie Eilish Answers Questions from Justin Bieber & 22 Other Famous Fans," singer-songwriter Billie Eilish said of her lyric writing process “it’s good to know the basics of something because then you can take those basics and shift them around.”... Read more »

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"The Lady, or the Tiger?" Which Do You Choose?

Internal & External Conflict

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This lesson is based on the short story "The Lady, or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton. Students will summarize the story and analyze each character's personality and internal conflict. Students will also identify the external conflict through the plot and setting. The author does not provide an ending... Read more »

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"The Lady, or the Tiger?" Which Do You Choose?

Internal & External Conflict

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#Summarize

Summarizing

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In this lesson, students will connect to the essential question, "What do the effects of life events look like?" through the skill of summarizing. To answer that question, students will summarize a slam poem, a short story, and a recent Presidential speech. To make a personal connection to the skill... Read more »

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#Summarize

Summarizing

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Shakespearean Sonnets and Iambic Pentameter

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In this lesson, students explore the patterns of rhyme and syllables in Shakespearean sonnets in order to understand iambic pentameter. Students compose their own original sonnets. Read more »

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Shakespearean Sonnets and Iambic Pentameter

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(Mis)Reported and (Mis)Remembered

The Vietnam War

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This lesson provides an overview of the key events and concepts of the Vietnam War. Using hands-on activities and discussions, students are able to explore the vocabulary and multiple perspectives of the war. This lesson is meant to be taught after this era and subject have been introduced to students.... Read more »

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(Not Quite) Breaking All the Rules

Poetry and Grammar

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It has been said that poetry is a place to break all the rules. In this lesson, students will not quite be rule-breakers, but rather work with rules of grammar to find how to integrate more structure and variety in verse. Using Shel Silverstein's poetry, students will initially analyze pieces for elements... Read more »

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¡Si Se Puede!

The United Farm Workers Union and the Delano Grape Strike

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In this lesson about the labor movement, students will compare and contrast photos of farmworkers that were taken before the start of the movement and in the present day. Students will watch a video and examine an infographic to learn about the injustices faced by farmworkers, the rise of the labor... Read more »

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¡Si Se Puede!

The United Farm Workers Union and the Delano Grape Strike

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3x - 2x Doesn't Equal 1?

Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

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Students will physically model the concept of simplifying algebraic expressions as a class then apply this knowledge to written expressions. This is a great lesson for both introducing the concept as well as remediating like terms, if needed. Read more »

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3x - 2x Doesn't Equal 1?

Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

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A Lot of Pooping, Blooming, and Dying

Effects of Disturbance on Ecosystems

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Students will explore the effects of an increase in nitrogen and phosphorus in aquatic ecosystems. They will collect data from an algae growth investigation and complete a reading about human-produced nutrient inputs. Using these sources of evidence, students will develop a causal explanation of the... Read more »

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A Lot of Pooping, Blooming, and Dying

Effects of Disturbance on Ecosystems

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A Multimodal Approach to Edgar Allan Poe

Using drawing to understand an author's style

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In this lesson, students use drawing to help them understand key events and analyze the mood and style of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." Read more »

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A Multimodal Approach to Edgar Allan Poe

Using drawing to understand an author's style

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A Peace Built On Quicksand

Causes of WWII

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This lesson is meant to be taught after WWI content and introduces your students to WWII. Students will learn how economic and political issues after WWI lit a fuse that exploded into WWII. Using hands-on activities and discussions, students will explore the vocabulary and multiple causes of WWII. Following... Read more »

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