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Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales
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In this unit, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally between generations and cultures. They will learn how both types of folktales employ various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next. Use the following lessons to introduce students to world folklore and to explore how folktales convey the perspectives of different world cultures.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Visual Arts
World Cultures
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEment!
Date Added:
03/25/2020
African American Hair, Freedom, and Civil Rights: Using Film, Media, and African American Hair Styles to Analyze Civil Rights
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The subject of the treatment of black people based on the hairstyles they decide to wear in professional and academic settings has been dismissed as a nonissue for many years. The policing of black hair has been happening for centuries. In the 1700s, black women in Louisiana were known to wear their hair in elaborate styles, attracting the attention of white men. In order to diminish “excessive attention to dress” among women of color, Spanish colonial Governor Don Esteban Miró enacted the Tignon Laws, which required Creole women of color to wear a tignon (scarf or handkerchief) to cover their hair as a way to indicate that they belonged to the slave class — despite the fact that some of these women were free blacks .Years later, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a significant milestone in the fight for equality, as it banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. But this law still left it up to the courts to decide what constitutes racial discrimination. During this time, many African Americans decided the best way for them to assimilate was to begin to straighten their hair to become more accepted with the hopes of avoiding discrimination. However, the emergence of Black Power as a parallel force alongside the mainstream efforts of fitting into “Eurocentric” culture created the “Good hair” vs “Bad hair” discussions which also created the criminalization and discrimination of African-Americans who choose to wear their hair in its natural state. This unit critically examines choices for African American hair styles and what consequences have arisen because of the hairstyle choice.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Teachers Institute of Philadelphia
Provider Set:
Cinema and Civil Rights
Author:
Aisha Al-Muid
Date Added:
07/01/2020
Analyzing Traditional and Modern Vietnamese Poetry
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This lesson is a mix of History and English in one spot! Learn about and analyze Vietnamese authors by looking at their poetry, but also discover how historical events and the geography of Vietnam impacted the authors' perspective and literary content. Your students will have the opportunity to use technology to read maps while they explore the country of Vietnam. A final assessment option consists of a compare/contrast essay looking at interpretation and justification of the poems. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
World History
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Interactive
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Mariel Herzog
Date Added:
07/29/2022
Anatomy and Physiology Preparatory Course Textbook [2nd Edition]
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The goal of this preparatory textbook is to give students a chance to familiarize with some terms and some basic concepts they will find in an Anatomy and Physiology course. Organization and functioning of the human organism are generally presented starting from the simplest building blocks, and then moving into levels of increasing complexity. This textbook follows the same presentation. It starts introducing the concept of homeostasis, then covers the chemical level, and later on a basic introduction to cellular level, organ level, and organ system levels. This second edition incorporates a module on protein synthesis, and a complementary base pairing learning objective as requested by many students. This edition also adds audio for all learning objectives. Audio Icon by Kieselli form Pixabay. The textbook is organized in five UNITS, divided into sixteen MODULES covering a total of fifty-two Learning Objectives. There is a short self-assessment at the end of each learning objective.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Applied Science
Health, Medicine, and Nursing
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
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Lesson
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Manifold Scholarship The City University of New York
Author:
Carlos Liachovitzky
Date Added:
05/16/2021
Ancient Worlds Syllabus
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This 6-week course centers on the origins of human beings and the emergence of civilization and includes the study of India, Greece, and Rome as seen thought the development of democratic forms of government. 

Subject:
Ancient History
History
World History
Material Type:
Syllabus
Unit of Study
Author:
Alliance for Learning in World History
Date Added:
05/19/2021
Arab Uprisings-The Beginnings-Tunisia then Egypt "Bread, Freedom and Social Justice"
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This resource is perfect for teachers who want to look at the beginnings of the Arab Uprisings in Tunisia and then Egypt in 2010-11. This lesson requires students to view videos, descriptions and articles to understand the significance of "Bread, Freedom and Social Justice" chanted during the Egyptian Uprising in 2011. It only takes a special look at Egypt's uprising from 2010-2020 and whether or not the three demands have been met and to what extent. 

Subject:
Big History
Composition and Rhetoric
Cultural Geography
Economics
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Sociology
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Canada Snyder
Date Added:
12/30/2020
Art and Vaccine Equity
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Students will read about global vaccine equity and explore the difference between equity and equality. They will examine various examples of social justice art to gain an understanding of what makes an effective visual statement.  Students will conduct a community needs assessment related to mental health accessibility and create artwork to raise awareness or create change related to their research.

Subject:
Visual Arts
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Unit of Study
Author:
Diane Gallo
Date Added:
08/31/2021
Arthropod Identification
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After researching the characteristics of arthropods, students observe arthropods in the field, analyze their data, and learn how to develop their own arthropod collection. The unit is designed to be completed in eight or more sessions. The comprehensive curriculum materials contain information for teachers, including activity tips and an overview of the characteristics that define arthropods.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
10/09/2020
The Awakening of the Black Panther: Shifting the Paradigm of Hollywood’s Portrayal of Africa
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This curriculum unit will examine the lens Hollywood uses to depict the continent of Africa from both the 20th and 21st century. From the viewing of early films such as Tarzan (1918), Trader Horn (1931) and King Solomon’s Mines (1950) to more recent films such as Tears of the Sun (2003), Last King of Scotland (2006), Blood Diamond (2006), Beasts of No Nation (2015), Queen of Katwe (2016) and Black Panther (2018) teachers will guide students as they examine the conceptualization of Africa offered by Hollywood. Students will understand how film is a powerful medium that has the ability to influence society on a local as well as global scale. How significant is Hollywood in helping to shape people’s viewpoint of African people and culture? What is the impact of perceptions imposed by Hollywood films with African settings on global audiences? How did the 2018 Marvel Black Panther (a film which profoundly contradicts the common portrait of Hollywood’s Africa) become such a blockbuster success throughout the world? How has African cinema countered the typical categories of war, corruption, white heroism and chronic poverty? In what ways can film create or disrupt a social/cultural trend? The discourse following these key questions will encourage the analytical and critical thinking needed to write letters to director/character, film reviews, critiques and re-write/direct/film scenes from popular Hollywood films with African themes. The intention of this unit is to eliminate the harmful misconceptions of the African continent as students begin their journey of discovering the humanity of a people that have been inaccurately and historically represented. This curriculum unit was designed after participating in the TIP seminar; History of Hollywood led by University of Pennsylvania Professor of Cinema Studies, Peter Decherney. This seminar was a thorough resource providing the significant background information of Hollywood’s transformations from its inception to the present.

Subject:
English Language Arts
History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Teachers Institute of Philadelphia
Provider Set:
History of Hollywood
Author:
Wendi Mungai Umoren
Date Added:
07/01/2018
Banned Books Unit Plan
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4 week unit exploring banned books for the 4th-6th grade classroom exploring banned books. Project Name: Ban the Books? Grade Level: 4th-6th Grade
Subject: ELA
Duration: Approximately four weeks of 30-45 minutes sessions. Driving Question: Should some books be banned?
Sub Questions: • What is a ban?
• What is censorship?
• Why do books get banned?
• Who determines if books get banned?
• Who is affected by banning books?
• How are people affected by banning books?
Project Idea: In the Ban the Books? Project developed based on the unit plan titled A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books by Lisa Storm Find found on the National Humanities Center, Ss explore banned books & the history of banning books by answering the Driving Question, “Should some books be banned?” Ss delve into banned books by reading examples of books that have been banned & developing letters to the authors as well as persuasive paragraphs for their peers. They combine their beliefs with what they’ve learned to create a persuasive essay about a book that they’ve read and whether it should or should not be banned.
This project is designed to provide practice with ELA including reading, writing, listening & speaking standards aligned to 4th-6th grade, in a manner authentic to their own lives and experiences. The aim of this project is for Ss to learn more about the motives behind banning books, and to explore through reading of several banned books including a two week long literature circle book study, if they believe those decisions are necessary or not. In teaching this project, there should also be an intentional connection to the Ss themselves and the censorship that have been exposed to or will be exposed to in the future.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Jasmine Quezada
Date Added:
07/17/2020
"The Best We Could Do" Story Map Lesson
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This activity utilizes the book "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui.  In conjunction with the book, this activity uses an interactive story map accompanied by a question worksheet that students will respond to, and actively discuss together.  This activity is designed to be utilized in a Modern European course as it focuses on the French colonization period prior to the Vietnam War.

Subject:
Literature
U.S. History
World History
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Scott Moore
Date Added:
07/29/2022
Big Sonia Curriculum Guide (Complete)
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This is a curriculum guide to the film Big Sonia, a remarkable documentary about a woman now in her 90s, who survived the Holocaust in Poland as a girl. Now living the in the United States, she continues to work, give talks in schools and prisons, and dole out advice to friends and family. This curriculum guide contains five interdisciplinary lessons using the film. Lessons contain background information, CCSS Standards, step-by-step procedures, copy-ready handouts, and more. Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Holocaust in Poland (Social Studies) Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Real Sonia (English Language Arts, Film Literacy) Lesson 3: Learning from the Past: An Oral History Assignment (Social Studies, English Language Arts) Lesson 4: Viewing a Documentary Film (Social Studies, Film Literacy) Lesson 5: Maladaptive Stress Response and Intergenerational Trauma (Psychology, Human Development) Download the guide from https://journeysinfilm.org/product/big-sonia/

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
History
Psychology
Social Science
U.S. History
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
Big Sonia
Author:
Candice Vacin
James Clarke
Jamor Gaffney
Kate Fitzgerald
Mary Anne Kovacs
Sara Vacin
Date Added:
11/02/2018
Book of Islamic Arts
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There is much diversity within Islamic culture. During this unit, students will learn about several significant forms of Islamic art (mosque architecture, geometric/arabesque design, and calligraphy) by completing a children’s book that is missing important information or images. The book is divided up into 5 class sessions with an optional 6th session to wrap up missing sections or create a cover. Through the exploration, students will learn that Islamic art around the world can include many different concepts, and they will apply new knowledge through note-taking, graphic organizers, drawing, calligraphy, and optional mosaic portions of the book. When finished, each student will have a completed book that reviews the arts covered in the unit and
celebrates the diversity of Muslim culture around the world. See the accompanying PowerPoint here: http://ncmideast.org/files/2016/02/Book-of-Islamic-Arts_Peck.pptx

Subject:
Art History
Arts and Humanities
History
Religious Studies
Visual Arts
World History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies
Provider Set:
Global Islam and the Arts Lessons
Author:
Kathleen Peck
Date Added:
08/01/2017
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Curriculum Guide (Complete)
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When his village in Malawi is suffering from alternating floods and droughts, teenage William uses found materials to invent a windmill to provide power. He then connects it to a pump, saving his family and village from starvation. Lessons contain background information, CCSS Standards, step-by-step procedures, copy-ready handouts, and more. Lesson 1: The Environmental Crisis (Environmental Science) Lesson 2: Wind Power: History and Engineering (Engineering, World History) Lesson 3: Generating Electricity: Dollar Store Physics (Physics) Lesson 4: The Character of William Kamkwamba (English Language Arts) Lesson 5: Film as Literature: Understanding Tone (English Language Arts, Film Studies) Lesson 6: Helping the Children of Malawi (Economics, Social Studies, Service Learning) Download all lessons from https://journeysinfilm.org/product/the-boy-who-harnessed-the-wind/

Subject:
Applied Science
Economics
Engineering
English Language Arts
Environmental Science
History
Physical Science
Physics
Social Science
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Journeys in Film
Provider Set:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Author:
Glenn Klakring
James Monack
Lara Tukarski
Mary Anne Kovacs
Patricia Lawson
Richard Levergood
Tonya Montgomery
Date Added:
11/02/2019
The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town by Thornton Wilder - Teacher's Guide
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Thornton Wilder is the only writer to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and drama. His novel "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" and his play "Our Town" ask us to examine how we live our precarious, precious lives, whether in small-town America, eighteenth-century Peru, or anywhere else. This Big Read Teacher's Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Thorton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town. Each lesson has four sections: a focus topic, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the book, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
National Endowment for the Arts
Provider Set:
The Big Read
Date Added:
03/03/2021
Building Numeracy and Dismantling Math-Phobia Through Problem-Solving
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Unless presented frequently with opportunities to practice habits of mind that facilitate non-standard problem solving, students focus so much on performing a process to get a “right” answer, that they neglect to think about what the answer means in the context of a problem, and whether the numerical answer(s) at which they’ve arrived really “makes sense” considering what a prompt or question is asking of them. They also struggle to draw connections between different topics throughout the duration of a math course and this inability to see relatedness among various topics hinders their ability to really grasp mathematical content in a way in which they can effectively argue about the reasoning used to solve a problem and arrive at an answer. And, as many math teachers have experienced, if students see a problem that looks different than those they’ve practiced over and over again in class, they often shut down. This unit is designed to enable students to approach these unfamiliar and challenging problems with a greater degree of confidence and a greater ability to put to use skills they all already have to successfully solve these problems.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Teachers Institute of Philadelphia
Provider Set:
Philosophy, Science & Society
Author:
Bridget Mason
Date Added:
07/01/2018
CUNY / Queensborough Community College Great Books for Composition Courses
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Great Books for Composition Courses presents canonical, timeless texts intended for use in first-year writing programs. Funded by a grant through Open Education Resources, this anthology is committed to zero cost textbook courses. This Great Books OER includes: the poetry of Sappho with emphasis on various translations; Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft; The Souls of Black Folks, by W.E.B. Du Bois; and Walden and On Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. This anthology is intended to challenge first-year college students with its vocabulary, references, expressions, and, most significantly, sheer scope of ideas.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Composition and Rhetoric
English Language Arts
Literature
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Manifold Scholarship The City University of New York
Author:
Alison Cimino
Ilse Schrynemakers
Susan Lago
Date Added:
09/16/2021
A Case Study of Late Twentieth-Century Japan through Art: Tezuka Osamu and Astro Boy
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How can an artist, a particular piece of art, or an artistic genre represent a historical period? In this lesson students identify criteria they would use to choose a representative artist or art form to speak for another country and era and analyze artist Tezuka Osamu and his anime creation, Astro Boy, to represent late twentieth-century (1945-present). Through this process, they expand their knowledge about contemporary Japanese culture and develop their analytical skills, while becoming acquainted with a remarkable artist, his creations, and the messages they conveyed.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Education
Graphic Arts
Literature
Visual Arts
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
National Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Provider Set:
Imaging Japanese History: Lesson Plans for High School
Author:
Mary Hammond Bernson
University of Colorado Program for Teaching East Asia
William Tsutsui
Date Added:
05/19/2008
Celebrating Cultures of the World Through Reading and Writing Folktales
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This unit is designed for the 7th grade English/Language Arts class. The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the genre of storytelling and help them explore the purposes and functions of storytelling traditions. Embedded in this unit is cultural exploration and celebration through storytelling. Students will read, discuss and analyze folktales from several cultures. Then students will write their own folktales.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Teachers Institute of Philadelphia
Provider Set:
Storytelling Traditions of South Asia and the Middle East
Author:
Katherine Volin
Date Added:
07/01/2019
"Choose Your Own Adventure:" Visualizing, Writing, and Creating Word Problems
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This unit aims to remove bad habits that students may have when it comes to solving word problems in math. Using “key words” to solve a word problem is a common method is that often used when teaching word problems. The problem is that many of these “key words” that are common in the English language can be used in a variety of ways, which can then alter the operation of the problem. However, many times while this is taught, one word is given a designation of one operation. This unit teaches students to no longer rely on “key words” and build a greater understanding of what a word problem is actually asking them to do. There is a build in “Choose Your Own Adventure” tool that will allow students to work through a series of questions that will help them deconstruct what the problem is actually asking, which will in turn, bring them to using the correct operation.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Teachers Institute of Philadelphia
Provider Set:
A Visual Approach to Learning Math
Author:
Kyle Iovannoni
Date Added:
07/01/2020