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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing the Purpose and Meaning of Political Cartoons
    It is important for students to know how to evaluate messages conveyed by the news media. Exploration of the artistic techniques used in political cartoons leads to critical questioning.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 12
    Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942.
    Students learn about eyewitness reports through a lesson that is grade-level appropriate. Then, groups use primary source documents and research an event using eyewitness accounts.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 25
    Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.
    Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 19
    Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.
    Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A World of Readers: Libraries Around the World
    Bookworms will enjoy the bytes they find in this lesson as they research and share information about online library services in places around the world.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 1
    CNN debuted as the first television news network in 1980.
    Students brainstorm a list of modern news sources and from previous centuries. Groups then research one of these sources and create a timeline showing the evolution of news.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 8
    Commercial ice cream is first sold in the U.S. in 1786.
    After finding advertisements from the past, students evaluate them and discuss how ads have changed over the years. Students then create an advertisement for a new flavor of ice cream.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Cultural Connections and Writing for Change
    A little understanding can go a long way. After learning about difficulties that Palestinian youths face, students will write a letter to an official discussing these issues.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Developing Searching, Skimming, and Scanning Skills With Internet Bingo
    Student pairs aim to be the first team to call out "bingo" in this lesson in which they use skimming and scanning to locate information about ancient Greece and Rome.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography
    Striking images can leave lasting impressions on viewers. In this lesson, students make text–self–world connections to a nature- or science-related topic as they collaboratively design a multimedia presentation.

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