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Big Brother is Watching You
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Common Core
This is lesson 13 out of 16 lessons in a twelfth grade AP Literature unit. It uses many different text types - visual, non-fiction and fiction, all...
Text Evidence to Support an Argument - Common Core
Common Core
This is a lesson demonstrating a close reading of "The Garden of Abdul Gasazi." This is one of a series of videos designed to assist teachers in...
Developing Evidence Based Claims
Common Core
This lesson is part of a five day unit on European Imperialism. In this lesson students gather evidence for a written argument. Using a blend of both...
Commutative Property
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This lesson is an investigation into the commutative property. Students use exploration in a familiar scenario-based investigation to develop deep...
Comparing Fractions
  • Fractions
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
This lesson explores different methods for comparing fractions, building on students' understandings of what fractions are and how they have...
Exploring 2D shapes - Common Core shifts
  • Geometry
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
The lesson reinforces the use of correct mathematical terms as well as defining and applying their knowledge of the features of a circle. There is a...
Common Core Shifts - MLK speech analysis
  • Reading Standards for Informational Text
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
This lesson is an analysis of MLK's speech "Nonviolence and Racial Justice." Students will identify main ideas in the text and explain how they are...
Algebraic Thinking - the tables problem
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Middle School
Common Core
This lesson is part of an algebraic thinking unit designed to develop student's conceptual understanding of variables, properties of numbers and...
Declaration of Independence - Common Core
Common Core
This lesson is designed to allow students to deeply understand the importance and significance of a seminal primary document, the Declaration of...
I Hear the Wail of MIllions - Close Reading
  • Key Ideas and Details
  • High School
Common Core
In this lesson students determine the purpose and the structure of argument in Frederick Douglass’s ‘I hear the mournful wail of millions’. There is...