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21st Century American Government and Politics  v.1.0
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Textbook focusing on American Government and the specificities of the American political ...

Textbook focusing on American Government and the specificities of the American political system. In covering American government and politics, this text:
• introduces the intricacies of the Constitution, the complexities of federalism, the meanings of civil liberties, and the conflicts over civil rights;
• explains how people are socialized to politics, acquire and express opinions, and participate in political life;
• describes interest groups, political parties, and elections—the intermediaries that link people to government and politics;
• details the branches of government and how they operate; and
• shows how policies are made and affect people’s lives.

Subject:
Civics and Government
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
David L. Paletz
Diana Owen
Timothy E. Cook
Date Added:
12/29/2012
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 8: Focused Editing
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Overview: Students will use COPS and the focused edit strategy to practice ...

Overview: Students will use COPS and the focused edit strategy to practice editing and then edit their opinion paper.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. I can write opinion pieces and support my opinion with reasons.W.3.5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 3 here.) I can develop and strenghten my writing by planning, revising, and editing with the help of my peers and an adult. 

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/28/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit - Lesson 9: Focused Revising (and Editing)
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Overview: Students will use a focused revising choice board to guide peer ...

Overview: Students will use a focused revising choice board to guide peer writing conferences. The teacher and students will use a focused revising choice board to guide teacher writing conferences.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. I can write an opinion piece and support my opinion with reasons.W.3.5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 3 here.) I can develop and strengthen my writing by planning, revising, and editing with the help of my peers and an adult.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/29/2020
3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit Outline
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This is the outline for a third grade writing unit on writing ...

This is the outline for a third grade writing unit on writing opinion (persuasive) papers. The lessons and materials are linked to the outline, but they also uploaded in a PDF format as sperate lessons in WISELearn. 

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Simpson
Date Added:
05/29/2020
5th Grade Historical Literacy Units
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5th Grade Historical Literacy Curriculum outlines the content of social-studies integrated units ...

5th Grade Historical Literacy Curriculum outlines the content of social-studies integrated units taught within the readers' and writers' workshop framework and taught daily for 90 minutes. Each six week unit contains standards, teaching points, vocabulary, and assessments. Readers' and writers' workshop naturally differentiates for all learners. By June of 2020, each unit will have a slide deck associated with it that contains the teaching points, integrated grammar work, vocabulary, and strategies for partner practice. Our district places careful emphasis on vocabulary, as we have a high percentage of English Language Learners.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Curriculum Map
Formative Assessment
Author:
Jennifer Mortensen
Date Added:
09/26/2019
9th and 10th Grade Informational Text - 1941 FDR State of the Union
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This resource is a multi-day lesson plan that guides students through the ...

This resource is a multi-day lesson plan that guides students through the close reading process of an informational text. Using the 1941 FDR State of the Union address, components of informational text including: organization, context, and rhetoric are analyzed. This resource combines lessons plans, primary text, read aloud of the text, informational video, and text complexity / vocabulary Analysis.

Subject:
Social Studies
Civics and Government
Material Type:
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Reading
Provider:
Learnzillion
Date Added:
12/28/2015
Abe Lincoln's Crossroads
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Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads is an educational game based on the traveling exhibition ...

Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads is an educational game based on the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War, which debuted at the National Constitution Center in June 2005.
The online game is intended for advanced middle- and high-school students. It invites them to learn about Lincoln's leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before learning the actual outcome. At the end of the game, players discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln's actions. A Resources Page keyed to each chapter provides links to relevant Websites on Lincoln and the Civil War, permitting students to explore issues in more depth.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Civics and Government
Material Type:
Game
Interactive
Reference Material
Provider:
Lincoln Financial Group
Date Added:
10/13/2016
Accessing Complex Text Through Structured Conversations
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In this lesson students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) ...

In this lesson students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) to discuss and deconstruct complex text. The new core standards emphasize the importance of developing students' speaking and listening skills as well as helping them access complex text through reading, re-reading, re-thinking, and re-examining.The purpose of this lesson is to get the students to focus and stay on topic while they talk. As a result, students are required to think more extensively about a topic by repeatedly reading and discussing with others.

Subject:
Speaking and Listening
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Utah Education Network
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Accountable Book Clubs: Focused Discussions
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Students form literature circles, read "Esperanza Rising" or "Becoming Naomi Leon" by ...

Students form literature circles, read "Esperanza Rising" or "Becoming Naomi Leon" by Pam MuĐoz Ryan, use a Critical Thinking Map to discuss social issues, and use a class wiki.

Subject:
Literature
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
11/01/2017
Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives
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This three-session lesson focuses on characterization. Students determine how a character's traits ...

This three-session lesson focuses on characterization. Students determine how a character's traits reveal particular character traits, using a list of adjectives as a guide. Then, they write descriptions of those characters. Characters from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone are used for modeling.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reference Material
Provider:
International Literacy Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Date Added:
12/28/2015
Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey
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The activities in this lesson provide a foundation for using nonfiction resources ...

The activities in this lesson provide a foundation for using nonfiction resources for developing and answering questions about gathered information. Using a wide variety of nonfiction literature, students learn to sort and categorize books to begin the information-gathering process. Then, working with partners and groups, using pictures and text, students are guided through the process of gathering information, asking clarifying questions, and then enhancing the information with additional details. Students complete the lesson by collaboratively making “Question and Answer” books for the classroom library. This is a high-interest foundation builder for using nonfiction literature in research as well as for pleasure reading

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Read, Write, Think / International Literacy Association / National Council of Teachers of English
Date Added:
06/16/2015
The African-American Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920
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This site explores the diversity and complexity of African-American culture in Ohio. ...

This site explores the diversity and complexity of African-American culture in Ohio. These manuscripts, texts, and images focus on themes that include slavery, emancipation, abolition, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, Reconstruction, African Americans in politics and government, and African-American religion.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Library of Congress
Provider Set:
American Memory
Date Added:
06/30/2000
American Government and Politics in the Information Age
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This text is a comprehensive introduction to the vital subject of American ...

This text is a comprehensive introduction to the vital subject of American government and politics. Governments decide who gets what, when, how (See Harold D. Lasswell, Politics: Who Gets What, When, How, [New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936]); they make policies and pass laws that are binding on all a society’s members; they decide about taxation and spending, benefits and costs, even life and death.Governments possess power—the ability to gain compliance and to get people under their jurisdiction to obey them—and they may exercise their power by using the police and military to enforce their decisions. However, power need not involve the exercise of force or compulsion; people often obey because they think it is in their interest to do so, they have no reason to disobey, or they fear punishment. Above all, people obey their government because it has authority; its power is seen by people as rightfully held, as legitimate. People can grant their government legitimacy because they have been socialized to do so; because there are processes, such as elections, that enable them to choose and change their rulers; and because they believe that their governing institutions operate justly.Politics is the process by which leaders are selected and policy decisions are made and executed. It involves people and groups, both inside and outside of government, engaged in deliberation and debate, disagreement and conflict, cooperation and consensus, and power struggles.In covering American government and politics, this text introduces the intricacies of the Constitution, the complexities of federalism, the meanings of civil liberties, and the conflicts over civil rights;explains how people are socialized to politics, acquire and express opinions, and participate in political life; describes interest groups, political parties, and elections—the intermediaries that link people to government and politics; details the branches of government and how they operate; and shows how policies are made and affect people’s lives.

Subject:
Civics and Government
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Minnesota
Provider Set:
Open Textbook Library
Author:
David L. Paletz
Diana Owen
Timothy E. Cook
Date Added:
06/06/2011
Analyzing Informational Text
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In this lesson students use the Informational Text Analysis Tool to deconstruct ...

In this lesson students use the Informational Text Analysis Tool to deconstruct the essential elements of informational text. Informational text is more important to teachers than ever before, especially with the rise of the new Core standards. The Library of Congress is an excellent resource for finding and using texts to build students' reading skills.Through a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational and primary source texts, students build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Utah Education Network
Date Added:
11/01/2017
Blogtopia: Blogging about Your Own Utopia
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After studying utopian literature, students design their own utopian society, publishing the ...

After studying utopian literature, students design their own utopian society, publishing the explanation of their ideal world on a blog. As they blog about their utopia, students establish the habits, practices, and organizing social structures that citizens will follow in their utopian societies. They begin by brainstorming ideas about what a perfect society would be like and then, in groups, begin to plan their project. Next, they become familiar with the blogging process, including legal guidelines and the specific site they will be using. Over several class sessions, students work on their blogs comparing their work to a rubric. Finally, after students visit one another's blogs and provide constructive and supportive feedback, they reflect on their own work. The lesson plan includes alternative handouts for classrooms where computer or blog access is limited. In this alternative, students complete the same basic activities, but publish their work using a Flip Book.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of English
Date Added:
11/12/2015
Body Biography for Truman Capote's In Cold Blood
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In Cold Blood Body Biographies (begins on page 23) Statement of Purpose: ...

In Cold Blood Body Biographies (begins on page 23) Statement of Purpose: Body Biographies can help students to explore the complexity of character within a novel. This activity will allow students to explore personality, physical appearance, motivation, etc. of various characters during reading. Because In Cold Blood has such
interesting and varied characters this activity will be particularly engaging for students. It
will also provide an opportunity for them to share the things that they are learning with
their peers.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Novelinks.org
Date Added:
12/28/2015
Book Report Alternative: Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover
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This project could be used as a Book Report alternative or as ...

This project could be used as a Book Report alternative or as a creative way for students to express their comprehension of a short story.  Students would create a book cover as a single page, or as a complete book jacket.  Teachers could identify the particular information they would require for the full project to be placed in certain sections of the jacket.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Alternate Assessment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of English
Date Added:
11/17/2015
Canadian History: Post-Confederation
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This textbook introduces aspects of the history of Canada since Confederation. “Canada” ...

This textbook introduces aspects of the history of Canada since Confederation. “Canada” in this context includes Newfoundland and all the other parts that come to be aggregated into the Dominion after 1867. Much of this text follows thematic lines. Each chapter moves chronologically but with alternative narratives in mind. What Aboriginal accounts must we place in the foreground? Which structures (economic or social) determine the range of choices available to human agents of history? What environmental questions need to be raised to gain a more complete understanding of choices made in the past and their ramifications? Each chapter is comprised of several sections and some of those are further divided. In many instances you will encounter original material that has been contributed by other university historians from across Canada who are leaders in their respective fields. They provide a diversity of voices on the subject of the nation’s history and, thus, an opportunity to experience some of the complexities of understanding and approaching the past. Canadian History: Post-Confederation includes Learning Objectives and Key Points in most chapter sections, intended to help identify issues of over-arching importance. Recent interviews with historians from across Canada have been captured in video clips that are embedded throughout the web version of the book. At the end of each chapter, the Summary section includes additional features: Key Terms, Short Answer Exercises, and Suggested Readings. The key terms are bolded in the text, and collected in a Glossary in the appendix.

Subject:
World History
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Date Added:
01/01/2016