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Cartoons for the Classroom
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This webpage has approximately 300 political cartoons and lessons for classroom use covering an variety of current events. Each cartoon has talking points, a blank cartoon students can caption and additional resources. Note* This lesson works well with the following cartoon evaluation resource (Cartoon Evaluation Worksheet): http://nieonline.com/cftc/pdfs/eval.pdf

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Cartoons for the Classroom
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Changing Demographics: What Can We Do to Promote Respect?
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In this lesson, students will confirm, negate, and build information about the nation’s changing demographic using an organizational chart; write a letter to respond to a viewpoint offered in the central text; and talk about their own multiple identities in relation to those around them.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date Added:
06/15/2017
Chasing the Dream: Researching the Meaning of the American Dream
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In "Paradox and Dream," a 1966 essay on the American Dream, John Steinbeck writes, "For Americans too the wide and general dream has a name. It is called "the American Way of Life.' No one can define it or point to any one person or group who lives it, but it is very real nevertheless." Yet a recent cover of Time Magazine reads "The History of the American Dream " Is It Real?" Here, students explore the meaning of the American Dream by conducting interviews, sharing and assessing data, and writing papers based on their research to draw their own conclusions.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Susanne Rubenstein
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Commercial Success?
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Students share opinions about the tone and content of two commercials presented during the Super Bowl.They then work with a partner to critique a commercial from a past Super Bowl, and then assess the commercials that run during a half-hour television show.

Provider:
New York Times
Author:
Jennifer Rittner and Javaid Khan
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Common Sense: The Rhetoric of Popular Democracy
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This lesson looks at Thomas Paine and at some of the ideas presented in his pamphlet, "Common Sense,"Â such as national unity, natural rights, the illegitimacy of the monarchy and of hereditary aristocracy, and the necessity for independence and the revolutionary struggle.

Subject:
American History
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
David Gerwin, Avram Barlowe, Pennee Bender
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Communism and Capitalism DBQ
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These docmument based questions and essay prompt provide the student with an in-depth opportunity to evaluate the concepts behind capitalism and communism using primary sources. Selections are taken from: Friedrich Engels, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Adam Smith, Karl Marx and others.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Provider:
Rancocas Valley Regional High School
Author:
<null>
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Conducting a Civil Conversation in the Classroom - Syrian Refugee Crisis and US Policy
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In this structured discussion method, under the guidance of a facilitator, participants are encouraged to engage intellectually with challenging materials, gain insight about their own point of view and strive for a shared understanding of issues. In this conversation, students will focus their study on the "Syrian Refuge Crisis and U.S. Policy."

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Date Added:
01/27/2017
Congress and the Legislative Process: A Simulation in How a Bill Becomes a Law
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Students participate in activities in which they learn about redistricting, types of legislative committees, types of legislation, and the process by which a bill becomes a law in Congress. Students will apply their knowledge by participating in a legislative simulation in which the House Judiciary Committee determines whether to report a proposed bill regarding punishment for drunk driving as favorable on the floor.

Subject:
Civics and Economics
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Carolina K12
Author:
Carolina K12
Date Added:
05/12/2021
Create a Great Future: STEM Career Research Using Close Reading
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In this lesson, teachers scaffold student reading of websites that highlight science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. Before choosing a text for close reading, the teacher models how to "read" the variety of texts and features of different websites, including images and interactives. Then the teacher models a close reading with students, setting a purpose and asking text-dependent questions to help students find evidence, use inferencing skills, and peer edit.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Deborah Kozdras
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Critical Thinking Quotes
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This lesson and resource engages students in a metacognition exercise about critical thinking and also practice research and informational writing skills using a collection of critical thinking quotes.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ProCon.org
Author:
ProCon
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Dark Ages
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The past is often neatly partitioned in time periods and eras with generalized names meant to characterize what life was like during that time. In this multi-day lesson, students question the validity of using ?Dark Ages? to describe Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance. In the process, students examine a variety of primary and secondary sources highlighting different social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental facets of life in Europe during this period.

Subject:
Social Studies
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Stanford History Education Group
Author:
Reading Like a Historian
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Decoding U.S. Foreign Policy: The Iran-Contra Affair
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In this activity students analyze a timeline and official and unofficial documents that reveal the events of the Iran-Contra Affair. This activity also models the types of questions that can help students analyze foreign policy documents from other events. The activity instructions include suggestions for how to differentiate the activity for students with different reading levels.

Subject:
American History
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
City University of New York
Provider Set:
HERB Social History
Author:
American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Decoding the Dystopian Characteristics of Macintosh's 1984 Commercial
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In this minilesson, students explore the dystopian characteristics and symbols presented in the "1984" Macintosh commercial and analyze the comments that it makes about contemporary society. This activity is also an effective introduction to George Orwell's 1984 because of the direct allusions to the novel in the commercial or can also be used as a follow-up.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Junius Wright
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Depression: More Than Just Sad
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In this lesson plan, students reveal their preconceptions about depression, then use G2C Online to learn about symptoms of the disorder, genes, and neurotransmitters associated with it, and challenges involved in diagnosis and treatment.

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Psychology
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Dolan DNA Learning Center
Author:
Cold Springs Laboratory
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Does Art Imitate Life?
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In this lesson students are ask to explore ideas using examples of great writers with a particular focus on William Shakespeare. In the Introductory Activity, students look at several authors to begin identifying ways in which authors' lives are reflected in their writing. In the Learning Activity, students watch videos segments from the PBS series and explore the question of whether or not events in Shakespeare's life influenced his plays. Finally, in the Culminating Activity, students examine text from The Tempest to assert whether or not Prospero's speech from Act V, Scene 1 was in fact Shakespeare's farewell to the theatre.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
WNET
Author:
WNET
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Doing Democracy
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According to Patricia Hill Collins (2009), many of us see democracy as a thing, a finished product manufactured in the west that advanced capitalist societies can give to the less fortunate. In this lesson, students will explore the concept of democracy and begin to understand that democracy is a process, a way of building community and getting business done.

Subject:
Civics and Economics
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Carolina K12
Author:
Carolina K12
Date Added:
05/12/2021