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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
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
ASCD Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards: Making Your Efforts Effective Through a Focus on Text Complexity Demands
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How do the Common Core English language arts standards differ from their ...

How do the Common Core English language arts standards differ from their predecessors? What do they emphasize? What are logical focus points for early implementation? The English and language arts standards depart radically from their predecessors with their insistence on text complexity and close reading skills.

This session, presented by David Liben from Student Achievement Partners, offered a look at various aspects of text complexity: how it is defined by the standards, as well as a range of measurement tools—including some newly developed and tested by the Race to the Text project—and how to use the tools for professional development. The focus on text complexity, close reading, and informational text has clear education implications as well. The presenter will examine some strategic focus areas for literacy instruction and explore ideas for bringing all constituencies to a fuller understanding of the Common Core standards and the features that make text complex.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ASCD
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Author:
Meredith and David Liben
Date Added:
05/02/2012
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
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
The Arab World: Society, Culture, and State
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This book presents a comprehensive portrait of Arab society and culture without ...

This book presents a comprehensive portrait of Arab society and culture without overlooking its complexity, specificity, and inner dynamics. The purpose is to provide a theoretical framework that contributes to a deeper understanding of Arabs and their place in the modern era and this text provides scholarly analysis and social criticism from an Arab perspective.

Subject:
Fine Arts
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Regents of the University of California
Provider Set:
Individual Authors
Author:
Halim Barakat
Date Added:
10/10/2017
CC Tasks: Can Animals Think?
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This unit uses the topic of animal cognition to teach the students ...

This unit uses the topic of animal cognition to teach the students to analyze informational texts and to understand the author's point of view. Students demonstrate their mastery of content and ability to synthesize information by writing an informative/explanatory text.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
New York City Department of Education
Date Added:
10/10/2017
CC Tasks: Can Animals Think? (Grade 6)
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Task Description: This task is embedded in a 3-4 week unit that ...

Task Description: This task is embedded in a 3-4 week unit that uses the topic of animal cognition as a means to teach students how to analyze and navigate informational texts, as well as study the purposeful decisions an author makes to best convey his/her point of view in writing. This unit contains a series of 3 tasks that build in complexity. This task asks students to read an informational text and write an essay in which they use textual evidence to explain how the author develops his/her point of view on the question, "Can animals think?" Responses must adhere to standard English grammar and usage convention, focusing on standard capitalization.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
New York City Department of Education
Date Added:
10/10/2017
CC Tasks: Omnivore's Dilemma (Grade 7)
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Task Description: This unit uses the topic of food choice as a ...

Task Description: This unit uses the topic of food choice as a means to teach students how to analyze and navigate informational texts. This 2-3 week unit contains a series of three tasks that build in complexity. This culminating task asks students to use textual evidence to write an essay analyzing how the author organized and developed his argument regarding the omnivoreŐs dilemma in his chapter, ŇThe OmnivoreŐs DilemmaÓ from Michael PollanŐs The OmnivoreŐs Dilemma (Young ReaderŐs Edition)

Subject:
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
New York City Department of Education
Date Added:
10/10/2017
CC Tasks:  TCRWP Nonfiction Reading & Ar
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This packet contains two units designed to support students towards proficiency in ...

This packet contains two units designed to support students towards proficiency in reading, analyzing nonfiction texts and analyzing information across multiple texts. Students write argument essays on the topic of high school sports programming, basing their arguments on research.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
New York City Department of Education
Date Added:
10/10/2017
CC Tasks: TCRWP Nonfiction Reading and O
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This packet contains two units designed to support students towards proficiency in ...

This packet contains two units designed to support students towards proficiency in reading and analyzing nonfiction texts, integrating information across multiple texts, and writing argument essays based on their research.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Fine Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
New York City Department of Education
Date Added:
10/10/2017
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
Chinese III (Streamlined), Fall 2005
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The third term in the streamlined sequence. Students who have completed Chinese ...

The third term in the streamlined sequence. Students who have completed Chinese II streamlined admitted; others should check with the Chinese coordinator. This course is the intermediate level of the streamlined curriculum, which is intended for students who, when they began streamlined I, had some background in the language, whether it be comprehension with limited speaking ability or quite fluent speaking ability. The focus of the course is on standard pronunciation and usage, on reading in both complex and simplified characters, and on writing. It is presupposed that students in Chinese III have already learned the pinyin system of representing pronunciation sufficiently well to be able to read texts in pinyin accurately. (If not, there are pinyin tutorials to assist you to learn the system..

Subject:
Fine Arts
World Languages
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Zhang, Jin
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Choosing Complex Text
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This strategy guide is aimed at helping primary teachers understand the criteria ...

This strategy guide is aimed at helping primary teachers understand the criteria for choosing complex text to use in their classroom. It identifies and explains the components of text complexity and includes a video for teachers to observe a first grade teacher thinking through the process.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Reference Material
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ILA/NCTE
Date Added:
06/16/2015
Close Reading Exemplar: Farewell to Manzanar and Unbroken (Grade 7)
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As students will have previous exposure to the historical themes and factual ...

As students will have previous exposure to the historical themes and factual information about the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the United States involvement in WWII, and the internment of Japanese in camps throughout the western United States, this lesson exemplar will allow students to participate in critical discussion of two stories that illuminate important, yet divergent, experiences of war and conflict. This lesson exemplar will push students to think critically about the experience of wartime as felt by both soldiers and civilians as they navigated specific trials that were a part of their direct or peripheral involvement in WWII. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Literature
Reading Informational Text
Fine Arts
U.S. History
World Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Close Reading Exemplar: Gettysburg Address (Grades 9-10)
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This exemplar has been developed to guide high school students and instructors ...

This exemplar has been developed to guide high school students and instructors in a close reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The activities and actions described below follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Lincoln's speech through a series of text dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Common Core State Standards. This unit can be broken down into three sections of instruction and reflection on the part of students and their teachers, which is followed by additional activities, some designed for history/social studies and some for ELA classrooms.his close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
Literature
Fine Arts
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Close Reading Exemplar: Living Like Weasels (Grades 11-12)
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By reading and rereading the passage closely and focusing their reading through ...

By reading and rereading the passage closely and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will be equipped to unpack Dillard's essay. When combined with writing about the passage, students will learn to appreciate how Dillard's writing contains a deeper message and derive satisfaction from the struggle to master complex text. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students. Additional teacher background material: http://teachers.sduhsd.k12.ca.us/lcaston/documents/WeaselsEssayAnal.pdf

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Date Added:
10/10/2017