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Teachers' Edition: Grades 9-12 (Lesson Plans)

  • Electing the President: Who Has the Right to Vote?

    by Diane Steiker

    Download this lesson plan as a Word documentDownload the supplemental materials for this lesson planDuration:  One 40-50 minute lesson.Goal: Students will understand the differing national voting characteristics of various groups in America.Objectives:Students will be able to identify characteristics of the average voter.Students will be able to predict if a person will vote in the presidential elections based on given statistics.Essential Question: Who typically votes in America?NCSS Themes:Theme 5 -- Individuals, groups, and institutionsTheme 10 -- Civic Ideals and PracticesProcedures:Attention Getter:

  • Syria

    Download the supplements for this lesson planSyria:  A Lesson in Investigation (two 40-50 min. periods or one 90-min. block)This lesson could be used in a government/civics course, a US history course, or a world history/ global studies course. Grades 9-12 (the readings may pose greater challenges to the lower grades).Standards correlation:  Common Core Standards—Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12.  Grades 9-10:  1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.  Grades 11-12:  1, 2, 3,4, 6, 7, 8, 9Readings/resources:  New York Times editorial on the struggle in Syria; four articles offering contrasting perspectives on Syria (see below); questions for investigation; Teacher’s Background.  Students will need access to computers to conduct research over the internet. Objectives:

  • Iran

    Download the Supplemental Materials for this Lesson PlanThe United States, Iran, and Western Asia (a one-week mini-unit)This lesson could be used in a government/civics course, a U.S. history course, or a world history/global studies course. Grades 9-12, but more accessible for upper grades.Standards correlation: Common Core Standards—Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12:  Grades 9-10:  1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8. Grades 11-12:  1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9.Resources:

  • Electing the President: How Do You Make Up Your Mind?

    Download the supplemental materials for this lesson planElecting the President: How do you make up your mind? This lesson can be four days, or two block schedule classesCommon Core Standards Correlation: Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grades –12: standards 1–4, and 6–9 Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grades 9–12: standards 1–9

  • North Korea

    Download this lesson plan as a Word document Download the supplemental materials for this lesson planThe United States, North Korea, and Northeast Asia (two 40-50 min. periods or one 90-min. block, plus approx. 10 min.)This lesson could be used in a government/civics course, a U.S. history course, or a world history/ global studies course.  Grades 9-12 (the readings may pose greater challenges to the lower grades).Standards correlation: Common Core Standards—Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12.  Grades 9-10:  1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.  Grades 11-12:  1, 2, 3,4, 6, 7, 8, 9

  • Electing the President: Caucuses and Primaries

    Download this lesson plan as a Word documentThis lesson is envisioned as a two-day lesson, that included the HNN fact sheet, an article, handout and various linksCommon Core Standards Correlation:Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grades 9-12: standards 1-4 and 6-9Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grades 9-12: standards 1-9Readings/Resources:

  • Occupy Wall Street

    Download this lesson plan as a Word documentDownload the Terms sheet for this lesson planDownload the Active Reading Checklist for this lesson planThis lesson is envisioned as a two-day undertaking, with the HNN fact sheet, new articles, and various links with video clips used on the first day, and Internet research and writing for the second day.Common Core Standards: Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grades 9–12: standards 1–4, and 6–9 Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grades 9–12: standards 1–9Readings/Resources:  HNN backgrounder (assigned for first day), The New Progressive Movement article by Jeffrey Sachs, active reading chart, terms sheet

  • Tea Party

    Download this lesson plan as a Word documentDownload the Tea Party Knowledge Sheet Downlod the Tea Party Backgrounder for Teachers Viguerie Reading'70s Backlash WorksheetThis lesson could be used in a government/civics course or a U.S. history course during a unit on the 1970s.  Grade levels 11 and 12.Common Core Standards:  Reading standards for literacy in history/social studies 6-12.  For grades 11-12:  standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9.

  • Hard Times: The Economy

    Download this lesson plan as a Word documentThis lesson is envisioned as a two-day undertaking, with the HNN backgrounder and links assigned as homework for the second day.The lesson is consistent with Common Core Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12, numbers 1 & 2 for 6-10, 2 for 11-12; number 4 for 6-12; 7 & 8 for 6-8 and number 7 for 9-12.Readings/resourcesHNN backgrounder (assigned for first day), terms sheet, links, note-taking guideObjectivesKnowledge of basic concepts related to the recession Understanding of explanations for the causes of the recession Ability to debate the relative merits of solutionsFirst Day

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