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Contemporary Issues English Course for Upper Level High School
This 235 page document includes the student packets for reading and writing, unit assessments, useful teacher notes, and the final exam for an entire English course on current topics and contemporary literature. Used with my 12th grade Seniors for 6 course offerings, the course will lead students t
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Social Media Unit Lessons Using The Social Network Current Contemporary Issues
One of the biggest hits in my contemporary issues class was studying social media. I use THREE Essential Questions: 1.) How does social media keep the world connected? 2.) What effect does social media have on human relationships? 3.) What limitations should certain people have when using social m
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Affordable Care Act Lesson Bundle : Contemporary Issues
As a Contemporary Issues teacher, the Affordable Care Act has been among my top priorities to teach, since it is affecting all of our graduating seniors. In this lesson bundle, you will find all needed resources to effectively teach health care and the Affordable Care Act. Included: 10 Slide PpT ex
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Erin Brockovich Full Unit Environmental Local Health Contemporary Issues
This is my full unit on enviornmental health and state law. I do this unit in my contemporary issues class to teach how people are impacted by the environment and what companies as well as the government can do to protect the people. When you purchase this product you get: an introductory quiz (to
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Contemporary Issues WebQuest
This is a great introductory activity for students new to a Contemporary Issues class. In this WebQuest, students are asked to identify an issue, give a brief statement supporting and opposing it, then rank their interest in the topic. I use this as a way to gauge my student's desire to learn about
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Social Media Contemporary Issues Hashtag Creative Writing Current Events
This is a great lesson that can be used for a fun way to expand writing, a current events class, or for anyone willing to work on class dynamics. Students have a full conversation about a particular topic of choice using hashtags with each other. I use the concept of a hashtag and explain its impo
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Human Rights Foreign Policy Contemporary Issues Unit Black Hawk Down
This is my unit (slides, links, assignments and assessments) for my unit on Human Rights in my Contemporary Issues class. My two essential questions are: *What global responsibilities does the United States have as the world’s last remaining superpower? *Why are global human rights important? These
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Cuban Missile Crisis or Nuclear Weapons Lessons Contemporary Issues
I am selling 5 documents here in this bundle of resources to use in a U.S. History class or a contemporary issues class at the secondary level. These are articles with questions, pictures, maps, and webquests available. I began the unit showing clips from the movie, "13 Days" with Kevin Costner. T
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This is a rigorous (and spooky) Common Core unit that pairs literary and informational texts together so you can masterfully teach your students to close read a variety of texts. Includes a free instructional powerpoint to help teachers guide their scholars and instructional video t
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Human Rights Contemporary Issues Saddam Hussein Unit Global Studies
This is a sub unit from my Human Rights Unit in a Contemporary Issues class I teach. My two essential questions for this unit are: 1.) Why are global human rights important? 2.) What global responsibilities does the United States have as the world’s last remaining superpower? This unit on Saddam Hu
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Contemporary Issues List
Looking for a list of Contemporary Issues? This resource is a List of Issues Facing Our Society. They Include Global, Personal, Social, Emotional, Political, Environmental, Economic, Educational, Health and other Issues.They can serve as inspiration for an artwork, political cartoon, discussion or w
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Contemporary Issues Article Assignment
This weekly article assignment requires that students find article assignments either of particular interest to them to discuss in class or that relate to the issues being discussed in class. For each weekly article they must complete an analysis summarizing the article itself, explain how it connec
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TEXTBOOK PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES Burr & Goldinger (Incl shipping)
PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES by John R. Burr and Milton Goldinger. 557 pages. Softcover. Sixth edition,1992. Used textbook with some highlighted/marked passages but it is still in good condition. Covers shows some signs of wear & price tags. Price includes shipping costs. Table of conte
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Practice with the Argument- Elie Wiesel's The Perils of Indifference
In 1999, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, author of Night and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, spoke at a White House summit. This six-minute speech is considered by the website American Rhetoric one of 100 most significant speeches in the 20th century. This speech and the accompanying detailed, diff
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Casi una mujer-Almost a woman. movie / reading / book in Spanish. HUGE Bundle
The notion of being “bicultural” or “bilingual” is a pertinent and current topic in the Spanish speaking community. Grant your students access to the trials and tribulations of moving to a new country and getting acclimated through the award winning book/ movie “Casi una mujer/ Almost a Woman” by Es
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Constitution USA - Episode #2 - It's a Free Country - Movie Guide
This four page download includes 25 questions, which will help your students to better comprehend Episode #2 of the PBS film series "Constitution USA," with Peter Sagal. This episode focuses in on contemporary issues closely related to the Bill of Rights.
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Which Way Home? Spanish documentary (movie). Bundle
Looking to integrate contemporary issues facing the Spanish speaking community into your Spanish class? Search no further!! This amazing documentary will enlighten your students on the “why” immigration is happening from Central America, with a particular focus on the children immigrants. A much mor
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Brave New World Test
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - test includes multiple choice, true/false, and an essay section focusing on linking the novel to contemporary issues of scientific advancement. Includes answer key on last page of test.
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Mockingbird Literature Guide
Centered around Caitlin, a girl who has Asperger’s syndrome who is trying to find closure after the death of her brother, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine addresses the contemporary issues of community and individual loss within the context of difference and friendship. Students will enjoy connecting
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US History: The American Civil Rights Movement 1945-1968: Unit Plans,
REVISED AND UPDATED WITH EMBEDDED VIDEO, AUDIO, AND DOCUMENT LINKS. Enjoy six standards based, document supported lesson plans, a documentary movie guide, and a Document Based Question essay to enhance your student's understanding of the American Civil Rights movement that took place between 1947-1
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Practice with Argument -- When Athletes Take Political Stands
2016 has been a difficult and tragic political summer in the United States. The social justice organization, Black Live Matters, continues to protest police actions against African Americans. An ex-military sniper targeted police, killing five officers on duty in Dallas,Texas during a Black Lives Ma
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United Nations Resolutions Assignment & Project
Watch your students apply 21st century skills as they problem solve and critically think with their classmates about the most pressing global issues in the world through the role of the United Nations. Teach the students how the UN works by having them assume the role of a UN representative of an i
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Global Issues World Leader Project
Want to engage students in current and contemporary issues? This project has students take the role of a leader from a country and make foreign and domestic policy decisions for that country. Students assume the role of the head of government and will be making crucial policy decisions for their c
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Sixth Grade Social Studies Year Long Warm Ups
File contains warm up questions in the categories below with answers. Europe Economics Europe Geography Europe Government Europe Languages Europe Religion Europe History Europe Environmental Issues South America Economics South America Geography South America Government South America History South
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Push Factors and Pull Factors Lesson Plan
In this lesson, students will be evaluating the reasons people move, relocate, or immigrate, both historically and today, by considering the factors “pushing” people away from their current homes and those “pulling” people to new locations. Students will use manipulatives and other kinetic tools to
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USA Citizenship Test
Need a relevant activity for teaching Government or Contemporary Issues? This is a 40 question test compiled with need-to-know knowledge for the actual US Citizenship test. Use this multiple-choice activity as an introduction for Government class to see if your students would even qualify to be Am
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Social Studies Milestone Review (End of Year)
This file contains 93 questions that go over the majority of the standards listed below. Along with the questions is a 94 slide powerpoint that coincides with EVERY QUESTION. Each slide coincides with that question on the test. This gives a visual for the students as you are going over each question
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Year 9 Geography Food Security Inquiry Project
Students look at the current contemporary issue of food security throughout the world in this inquiry based project. The project is designed with GRASP principles in mind and includes the use of different pedagogical approaches to source investigation and strategies to teach the concepts of perspect
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Common Core Synthesis Unit-Narrative Focus
This instructional unit is based on Common Core grades 9-10 illustrative texts that demonstrate the new standards and responds to students' 21st century needs. Students are provided with several texts/strategies/assignments to interpret, summarize, and demonstrate understanding of the unit's essenti
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The other side of immigration? Spanish documentary (movie). Bundle
Looking to integrate contemporary issues facing the Spanish speaking community into your Spanish class? Search no further!! This amazing documentary will enlighten your students on the “why” immigration is happening. The movie states that immigration is the effect, so we must study what is the probl
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The Masque of the Red Death Mini-Unit with Symbolism
This mini-unit features two weeks of Common Core-aligned print and teach lessons and a free instructional powerpoint for Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death." For paired informational texts (history and science) get the full unit
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Sociology Culture Taste Test Symbols Activity and Lesson
This is a two day lesson on that focuses on symbols in American Culture. As part of my unit students identify and evaluate various symbols that we experience daily. My culture unit is my longest, so I have many activities that complement my instruction. This one is great because it's interactive and
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The History of Technology Children's Story Design Challenge (NO Prep)
This is a fully integrated curriculum lesson that includes History and English Language Arts in an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Design Challenge. You are purchasing a PowerPoint presentation that can be used as a mini-lesson to introduce the challenge.
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The Devil's Miner Spanish documentary (movie). Bundle
Looking to integrate contemporary issues facing the Spanish speaking community into your Spanish class? Search no further!! This amazing documentary will enlighten your students on the harsh reality of many children in Bolivia. A much more worthwhile ‘movie experience’ than the traditional feel good
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Canada's History
SS6H4 The student will describe the impact of European contact on Canada. a. Describe the influence of the French and the English on the language and religion of Canada. b. Explain how Canada became an independent nation. SS6H5 The student will analyze important contemporary issues in Canada. a. Des
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Immigration Lessons: Claims and Evidence
These are 2 55-minute lesson plans about contemporary issues in U.S. immigration policy. The first has students take notes on arguments for and against the DREAM Act based on 2 short videos. Students form their own opinions about this proposed legislation. The second lesson has students watch part o
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Mitosis Lesson - Cell Division and Duplication - Scaffolded Notes and Activity
Pique student curiosity about the nature of cellular division with this lesson that brings up the contemporary issue of cancer. Almost all students can relate to the issue, and this lesson starts to explain the basis of it. This purchase includes a 30 slide PowerPoint presentation with graphics and
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Erin Brockovich Assignment from Unit on Environmental Law Lesson Current Issues
I loved this lesson and especially thought it was great that students took a concept and used it in the outside world! My sociology and contemporary issues class viewed the film, "Erin Brockovich" to teach values and environmental law respectively. For this purchase you get a 4 page culminating a
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High School-Washington's Farewell Address-Text Dependent Q's/Close Reading
One of the most important primary source documents for students to study- Washington's Farewell Address. This lesson includes excerpts from Washington's address. The lesson includes: * eight text dependent questions * vocabulary guide * historical background to Washington's Farewell Address * Add
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Odor in the Court: Counterfeit Justice-How George Zimmerman Got Away With Murder
Hello, Esteemed Colleagues: Today's High School students need to appreciate and understand much more relevant issues than what they may find in video games and movies like "Fast and Furious" and "Transporters." "Odor in the Court: Counterfeit Justice and How George Zimmerman Got Away With Murder" a
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Bill of Rights Jigsaw Activity
This is an easy-to-implement but collaborative and rigorous activity for a U.S. government, history or introductory law or civics course. In it students focus on 2 amendments and then report on historical and contemporary issues related to those respective amendments. As a result, your students wa
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Journalism:  SLANTED: ANALYZING & WRITING ACTIVITIES
Journalism: SLANTED ANALYZING & WRITING ACTIVITIES In order for Middle School and High School students to become credible journalists who produce effective news stories, they must learn how to ferret out reliable sources and facts for their stories. Also, to make their articles accurate and tru
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Op-Ed Analysis Project (AP Lang./Comp.)
In this project, students select a prominent, current op-ed columnist whose views on contemporary issues they find engaging. Students then color-code and annotate 3 of their chosen writer's columns, analyzing the writer's rhetorical choices. Finally, students synthesize information from their annota
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V for Vendetta Viewer's Guide & Alternative Assignment
This assignment is AWESOME for seniors in a Contemporary Issues (or CWP) or an American Government class! Students love this film (at least those who have seen it). I use this with my senior classes right after we get done studying the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. It provides a good break b
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U.S. Foreign Policy Proposal - "Final Assignment"
I have developed this as the "final assignment" for a Contemporary Issues foreign policy unit in my senior classes. I have been using the "Choices Program" from Brown University for many years now, but the "US Role in a Changing World" curriculum unit felt like it was missing a final assignment. Th
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Gangs, Teens, & Youth Violence: A Thematic Unit | Informational Text | TED Talk
Looking for a eye-opening thematic unit on contemporary issues? This 5-day unit will take students through lessons on youth, teen, and gang violence in Chicago, Boston, and other American cities by getting them to read an in-depth article from The New York Times as well as
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50 Writing Prompts for High School English Classes
Included are 50 writing prompts that I use in various English classes (grades 10-12). Many of these prompts can be expanded into formal assignments. Many work well as discussion-starters, writing practice, critical thinking exercises, or stylistic exercises. They can work in literature classes or
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Canada's History Guided Notes
Goes along with Canada's History PowerPoint. SS6H4 The student will describe the impact of European contact on Canada. a. Describe the influence of the French and the English on the language and religion of Canada. b. Explain how Canada became an independent nation. SS6H5 The student will analyze i
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Speed Dating in Spanish PowerPoint
Las Citas Rápidas! Why waste paper? Speed date in Spanish while reviewing academic structures in academic Spanish language. Instructions: Connect your computer to a projector or screen. Have one set of students facing the SmartBoard or Projector and the other students giving their backs to the pr
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An American Experience- Year Long English Plan
This is just a plan and does not include the materials. Year broken down into 15 units: Unit 1- The Idea of America (week 1) Unit 2- The Native Americans (weeks 2-3) Unit 3- Narrative Essay (week 4) Unit 4- The Puritans (weeks 5-8) Mid-term Exams-Quarterly Grading Unit 5- The Dark Romantics (week
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Pop Goes the Classroom Media Guide: TRON
The TRON media guide allows educators to use the original TRON film in English, Technology, and the Arts as well as contemporary issues of Net Neutrality.
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Opposing Viewpoints Argumentative Research Essay Assignment Sheet
This is a detailed assignment sheet for an argumentative Research Essay. Students choose a controversial contemporary issue with more than one viewpoint (Nuclear Power, Immigration, Gun Control, etc.) research it, pick a side, and argue their chosen side using evidence from outside sources. The assi
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Accidental Racist - Current Events and the Civil War
This activity helps put the Civil War in a more modern context with the help of a popular country song, Accidental Racist by Brad Paisley. In this song, Paisley expresses his point of view regarding the Confederate Flag and his regret of how this symbol has multiple, sometimes contradictory, meaning
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