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America in Class: Online Seminars
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The National Humanities center presents online seminars for educators. The seminars focus on teaching with primary sources Ń historical documents, literary texts, visual images, and audio material. Emphasizing critical analysis and close reading, they address the skills of the Common Core State Standards while giving teachers the opportunity to deepen their content knowledge.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
American Beginnings, The European Presence in North America 1492 - 1600: Primary Sources
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The National Humanities center presents reading guides with primary source materials for the study of the European presence in North America from 1492-1600. Primary source materials include letters, diaries, journals, poems, paintings, maps, wills, captivity narratives, and more. Resources are further divided into the topics: Contact, Exploration, Settlement, Permanence, and Power.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
The American Revolution as Civil War
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This lesson looks at how the American Revolution manifested itself as a civil war, and turned neighbors into enemies. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Becoming American, the British Atlantic Colonies, 1690-1763: Primary Sources
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The National Humanities center presents reading guides with primary source materials for the study of the British Atlantic Colonies 1690-1763: Becoming American. Primary source materials include letters, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, maps, paintings, poems, and more. Resources are divided into the topics: Growth, Peoples, Economies, Ideas, and American.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Building the Foundation - A Suggested Progression of Sub-skills to Achieve the Reading Standards: Foundational Skills in the Common Core State Standards
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This document is based on an analysis that determined the sub-skills students need to achieve in each of the Foundational Skills (K–5) in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It contains five sections, each targeting one grade level in: Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition, and Fluency. It also includes instructional examples aligned to the sub-skills, giving teachers samples of activity types that facilitate acquisition of the sub-skills. Each chart includes up to three grade levels to inform instruction for students who are either struggling and need extra support or intervention, or for students performing above grade-level expectations and require enrichment, to allow a teacher to see which skills should have been mastered in the previous year and what students are preparing for in the upcoming years.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Foundation Skills
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Center on Instruction
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Date Added:
06/27/2012
The Civil War in Art:
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"The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections" is intended to help teachers and students learn about the Civil War—its causes and effects—and connect to the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art.

Web resource explores the Civil War through over 120 zoomable images from Chicago collections, with text and questions for students. The site presents essays about: The Civil War and American visual culture, the causes of the war, the military experience, emancipation and the meaning of freedom, the northern homefront, Lincoln, and remembering the war.

Other resources include classroom projects for teacher use, an in-depth glossary of art and historical terms, and links to additional Civil War resources.

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Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
U.S. History
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Reading
Provider:
Terra Foundation for American Art
Date Added:
04/13/2012
Common Core State Standards: Elementary School
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This 14-minute video for educators introduces working with Common Core standards for English and math. How will teaching to the Common Core affect teaching practice in the classroom? Teachers and Principals discuss the opportunities Common Core offers to their students and to their own focus and teaching practice.

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Arts and Humanities
Education
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
09/05/2012
Common Core State Standards: High School
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This 14-minute video lesson for high school educators introduces working with Common Core Standards. How will teaching to the Common Core affect teaching practice in the classroom? How can teachers help students learn to apply math and think about problem solving outside the math classroom? What does an emphasis on “depth” look like in practice? How can teachers make adapting to the Common Core a reflection point in their own practice? Teachers and principals discuss the opportunities Common Core offers for their students and for their own focus and teaching practice.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
09/06/2012
Common Core State Standards: Middle School
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This 14-minute video lesson for middle school educators introduces working with Common Core State Standards. How will teaching to the Common Core affect teaching practice in the classroom? See how Common Core has affected teaching and learning at two pilot schools where they have already been adapted. Does the dialogue in the pilot school math classroom sound like your classroom now? What has the culture shift been like for teachers and students? How will the shift in emphasis on non-fiction reading and expository and persuasive writing benefit students? Teachers and principals discuss the opportunities Common Core offers for their students and for their own focus and teaching practice.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
09/06/2012
The Cult of Domesticity
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This lesson looks at how the cult of domesticity oppressed and empowered women in the Nineteenth Century United Staets. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Divining America: Religion in American History
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The National Humanities center presents this collection of essays by leading scholars on the topic 'Divining America: Religion in American History'. The Essays explore religion in America in the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The essays consider Native American religion, African American Christianity, the American Jewish experience, Mormonism, Catholicism, and Islam. They explore religious movements such as the Great Awakenings, the missionary movement, abolitionism, and fundamentalism. Topics like deism, pluralism, church and state separation, Manifest Destiny, and the Christian Right are also examined.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Early Visual Representations of the New World
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This lesson considers how Europeans interpreted the New World through some of their earliest visual depictions. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
The Expansion of Democracy During the Jacksonian Era
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This lesson considers how the character of American politics changed between the 1820s and the 1850s as a result of growing popular participation. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Failed European Colonies in the New World
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This lesson considers why many European attempts to establish colonies in the New World failed. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Freedom's Story: Teaching African American Literature and History
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The National Humanities center presents this collection of essays by leading scholars on the topic ŇFreedomŐs Story: Teaching African American Literature and HistoryÓ. Topics include the affect of slavery on families, slave resistance, how to read slave narratives, Frederick Douglass, reconstruction, segregation, pigmentocracy, protest poetry, jazz, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and more.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
The Gilded and the Gritty, America 1870-1912: Primary Sources
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The National Humanities center presents reading guides with primary source materials for the study of America in 1870 - 1912: The Gilded and the Gritty. Primary source materials include poems, paintings, essays, stories, articles, speeches, court cases, cartoons, and more. Resources are divided into the topics: Memory, Progress, People, Power, and Empire.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Unit Plan
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This is a unit plan frame for the text I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and "Letters from a Birmingham Jail." It is designed to address the Common Core standards grade band 11-12 and inlcudes suggested activities, supplemental texts, and assessment ideas.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Syllabus
Unit of Study
Author:
Kaycee Eckhardt
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Instruction for Diverse Groups of ELLs
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The population of English Language Learners is enormously diverse. Teachers face the complex challenge of providing them with opportunities that allow them to attain the Common Core State Standards despite their various needs and abilities. The authors offer and discuss five principles of instruction for ELLs, which can be enacted within classrooms in ways that are responsive to individual students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Stanford University School of Education
Provider Set:
Understanding Language
Author:
Aida Walqui, Margaret Heritage
Date Added:
04/11/2012
Instruction for Diverse Groups of ELLs
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The population of English Language Learners is enormously diverse. Teachers face the complex challenge of providing them with opportunities that allow them to attain the Common Core State Standards despite their various needs and abilities. The authors offer and discuss five principles of instruction for ELLs, which can be enacted within classrooms in ways that are responsive to individual students.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Stanford University School of Education
Provider Set:
Understanding Language
Author:
Aida Walqui, Margaret Heritage
Date Added:
06/04/2012
Introduction to ELA / Literacy Shifts
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This 1-2 hour module provides participants with an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for ELA / Literacy.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Commons
Student Achievement Partners
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Date Added:
09/01/2013
Introduction to Literacy Shifts in Content Areas
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This 1-2 hour module provides an introduction to the key shifts required by the CCSS for Literacy in the content areas: history / social studies, science, and technical subjects.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Commons
Student Achievement Partners
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Date Added:
09/01/2013
Key Design Principles for Teaching with the Open Access Common Core Collection for Mathematics and English Language Arts
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Key Design Principles for Teaching with the Open Access Common Core Collection for Mathematics and English Language Arts

This resource describes the guiding principles behind the Open Access Common Core Collection for Mathematics and ELA. Inspired by the latest research on student motivation and engagement, as well as teaching and learning, the key design principles support student mastery of standards within the classroom.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Mathematics
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Melinda Boland
Date Added:
01/20/2017
Language and the Common Core State Standards
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This paper points out three different ways that language is involved in the standards: language requirements in the content standards, English language arts standards, and language-convention-specific standards. It calls for a thoughtful integration of these three dimensions.The authors also frame language in the context of the Common Core, focusing on what students can accomplish using language rather than on whether or how students use specific language features. This broader definition encourages the development of cognitive, linguistic, and affective strengths in ELLs and gives students the opportunity to take valuable actions toward academic success.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Stanford University School of Education
Provider Set:
Understanding Language
Author:
Leo Van Lier, Aida Walqui
Date Added:
04/13/2012
Lexington and Concord: Tipping Point of the Revolution
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This lesson looks at how the Battles of Lexington and Concord changed the character of American resistance to British rule. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Living the Revolution, America 1789-1820: Primary Sources
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The National Humanities center presents reading guides with primary source materials for the study of America 1789-1820: Living the Revolution. Primary source materials include autobiographies, plays, essays, orations, addresses, political documents, letters, poems, cartoons, and more. Resources are divided into the topics: Predicament, Religion, Politics, Expansion, and Equality.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Manufacturing
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
The Making of African American Identiy Volume 1, 1500-1865: Primary Sources
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The National Humanities center presents reading guides with primary source materials for the study of The Making of African American Identity: Volume 1: 1500-1865. Primary source materials include narratives, photographs, letters, memoirs, songs, newspapers, petitions, addresses, journals, paintings and more. Sources are divided into the topics: Freedom, Enslavement, Community, Identity, and Emancipation.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
The Making of African American Identiy Volume 2, 1865-1917: Primary Sources
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The National Humanities center presents reading guides with primary source materials for the study of The Making of African American Identity, Volume 2: 1865-1917. Primary source materials include paintings, sculpture, narratives, autobiographies, short stories, essays, songs, letters, poems, photographs, interviews, and more. Sources are divided into the topics: Freedom, Identity, Institutions, Politics, and Forward.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
The Making of African American Identiy Volume 3, 1917-1968: Primary Sources
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The National Humanities center presents reading guides with primary source materials for the study of The Making of African American Identity, Volume 3: 1917-1968. Primary source materials include essays, articles, plays, poems, paintings, fiction, letters, songs, cartoons, interviews, memoirs, video clips, and more. Sources are divided into the topics: Segregation, Migrations, Protest, Community, and ŇOvercome?Ó

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Making the Revolution, America 1763-1791: Primary Sources
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The National Humanities center presents reading guides with primary source materials for the study of America in 1763-1791: The Making the Revolution. Primary source materials include letters, diaries, journals, poems, paintings, maps, pamphlets, sermons, petitions, broadsides, cartoons, and more. Resources are divided into the topics: Crisis, Rebellion, War, Independence, and Constitution.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Measuring Text Complexity
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Rather than focusing exclusively on literacy skills, the Common Core State Standards set expectations for the complexity of texts students need to be able to read to be ready for college and careers.

This resource outlines three steps that will help teachers choose texts that are on grade level for the CCSS.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
OER Commons
Student Achievement Partners
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Date Added:
03/04/2014
Nature Transformed: The Environment in American History
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The National Humanities center presents this collection of essays by leading scholars on the topic ŇNature Transformed: The Environment in American HistoryÓ. The essays are grouped into three categories: Native Americans and the Land; Wilderness and American Identity; and The Use of the Land. Topics include Paleoindians, the origins of the American Wilderness movement, environmental justice, and more.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Poetry Workstations
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Keri McAllister uses technology, workstations, and a lot of choice to turn her students loose on a unit on poetry. In workstations students watch "poetry in motion" videos, create a podcast about their chosen poet, and post reflections on a chosen poem on their class blog.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Author:
Keri McAllister
Date Added:
11/02/2012
Postcolonial Literature Lesson - Remix
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This lesson will introduce students to postcolonial literature--the major players, unifying themes, and major debates surrounding the classification of this genre. It also contains links to readings, discussion questions, and a collaborative project aligned to multiple Common Core standards.

Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
Sara Layton
Date Added:
01/29/2016
A Pro-Slavery Argument, 1857
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This lesson looks at how proponents of slavery in antebellum America defended it as a positive good. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Realizing Opportunities for ELLs in the Common Core English Language Arts and Disciplinary Literacy Standards
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This paper opens a larger conversation about what must be done to realize opportunities presented by the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and the literacy standards in other subject areas. It emphasizes the simultaneous challenges and opportunities for ELLs.The paper emphasizes that texts are approached differently for different purposes. Students need opportunities to approach texts with these varied purposes in mind. It also highlights how ELLs may be well served by opportunities to explore and justify their own textual hypotheses, even if their initial interpretations diverge from those of the teacher.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Stanford University School of Education
Provider Set:
Understanding Language
Author:
George Bunch, Amanda Kibler, Susan Pimentel
Date Added:
04/02/2012
The Religious Roots of Abolition
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This lesson looks at how some American Christians in the nineteenth century came to see slavery as something that needed to be abolished. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Slavery and the Family Life of the Enslaved
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This lesson considers how slavery shaped the family life of the enslaved in the American South. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Strategy Guide: Using Partner Talk to Strengthen Student Collaboration and Understanding
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In this strategy guide, you’ll learn about Partner Talk—a way to provide students with another learning opportunity to make learning their own through collaboration and discussion. Partner Talk can be used for assessing classwork, making connections to prior knowledge, discussing vocabulary, or simplifying concepts.

One of the main goals of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards is to build natural collaboration and discussion strategies within students, helping to prepare them for higher levels of education and collaboration in the workforce. In today’s classrooms, students are using complex texts and are being asked to use a variety of strategies and provide evidence-based responses. Partner Talk is a best practice that gives students an active role in their learning and scaffold the experience for students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
02/06/2014
Successful European Colonies in the New World
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This lesson considers why some European attempts to establish colonies in the New World succeeded while most failed. America in Class Lessons are tailored to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Lessons present challenging primary resources in a classroom-ready format, with background information and analytical strategies that enable teachers and students to subject texts and images to the close reading called for in the Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Humanities Center
Provider Set:
America In Class
Date Added:
01/07/2013