Lesson Plans and Activities
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The Story of Pocahontas
GOAL: Compare / contrast narratives, understand the whitewashing / biased writing of history
INVOLVES: Read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities
SUPPLEMENTS: “Discovery” of America
The Writing of the Constitution of the United States
GOAL: Critically analyze the writing of the Constitution
INVOLVES: Discussion, Reading, Analysis, Vocab building, Group Activities, Arts + Crafts
SUPPLEMENTS: Founding Fathers, Writing of the Constitution
Exploring Racism in the United States
GOAL: Answer the question: how has inequality changed throughout time?
INVOLVES: Discussion, Reading, Writing, Analysis, Discussion, Debate
SUPPLEMENTS: Civil Rights Movement, connecting that moment to the past (slavery, interment + exploitation of immigrants) and present (Black Lives Matter, etc.)
On Slavery in the North: 1708-1860
GOAL: Supplement learning about slavery in the South with learning about slavery in the North -- opportunity to make a Maine historical connection.
INVOLVES: Varied Media Use, Research to collect data and draw conclusions, Discussion, Writing, Group Activities
SUPPLEMENTS: Slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction
Multicultural Fairy Tale Literature Circles
GOAL: Analyze familiar stories through a multicultural lens
INVOLVES: Reading, Literature Circles/Group Activities, Discussion
Mini Lesson: Microagressions
What are microaggressions? This mini lesson will help you to explore what microaggressions are, how they are experienced, and what can be done to address them.
GOAL: Learn what microaggressions are and how they occur in our everyday lives.
Crossing the Border, A Study of Immigration Through Literature
GOAL: Give background information on and think critically about contemporary immigration
INVOLVES: Reading (two novels), Writing, Discussion, Comparative Literature, Interviewing, Journaling
Emojis and Me
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn about the history of emojis, reflect on why O’Plérou Grebet created this collection of emojis and then create their own emojis to convey something about their own identity.
GOAL: Students will understand and reflect on the history and purpose of emojis. Students will learn why representing one's culture, nation and identity is important.