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Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales
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In this unit, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally between generations and cultures. They will learn how both types of folktales employ various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next. Use the following lessons to introduce students to world folklore and to explore how folktales convey the perspectives of different world cultures.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Visual Arts
World Cultures
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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Individual Authors
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12/05/2011
Animal Farm: Allegory and the Art of Persuasion
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Allegories are similar to metaphors: in both the author uses one subject to represent another, seemingly unrelated, subject. However, unlike metaphors, which are generally short and contained within a few lines, an allegory extends its representation over the course of an entire story, novel, or poem. This lesson plan will introduce students to the concept of allegory by using George Orwell’s widely read novella, Animal Farm, which is available on Project Gutenberg.

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Literature
History
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Lesson Plan
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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EDSITEments
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/05/2011
Animating Poetry: Reading Poems about the Natural World
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The purpose of this project is two-fold: first, to encourage students to make the reading of poetry a creative act; and, second, to help students appreciate particular literary devices in their functions as semaphores or interpretive signals. Those devices that are about the imagery of a poem (metaphor, simile, personification, description) can be thought of as magnifying glasses: we see most clearly that upon which the poet focuses our gaze. Similarly, those poetic devices that are about the sound of the poem (alliteration, consonance, enjambment, onomatopoeia, and repetition) can be thought of as volume buttons or amplifiers: we hear most clearly what the poet makes us listen to most attentively.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/05/2011
Arabic Poetry: Guzzle a Ghazal!
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The Bedouins of ancient Arabia and Persia made poetry a conversational art form. Several poetic forms developed from the participatory nature of tribal poetry. Today in most Arabic cultures, you may still experience public storytelling and spontaneous poetry challenges in the streets. The art of turning a rhyme into sly verbal sparring is considered a mark of intelligence and a badge of honor. Students will learn about the origins and structure of Arabic Poetry.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
World Cultures
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Activity/Lab
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Reading
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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EDSITEments
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/05/2011
Australian Aboriginal Art and Storytelling
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Australian Aboriginal art is one of the oldest continuing art traditions in the world. Much of the most important knowledge of aboriginal society was conveyed through different kinds of storytelling—including narratives that were spoken, performed as dances or songs, and those that were painted. In this lesson students will learn about the Aboriginal storytelling tradition through the spoken word and through visual culture. They will have the opportunity to hear stories of the Dreamtime told by the Aboriginal people, as well as to investigate Aboriginal storytelling in contemporary dot paintings.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
World Cultures
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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EDSITEments
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Individual Authors
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12/06/2011
Beatrix Potter's Naughty Animal Tales
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Through studying Beatrix Potter's stories and illustrations from the early 1900s and learning about her childhood in Victorian England, students can compare/contrast these with their own world to understand why Potter wrote such simple stories and why she wrote about animals rather than people.

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Literature
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/06/2011
Becoming Human: Interactive Documentary
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Becoming Human is an interactive documentary experience that tells the story of human origins. Multimedia, research and scholarship are presented to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution. This site includes classroom materials, subject-designed exercises, games and activities to help make connections between the concepts that are presented and student learning. PDF versions of the resources may be downloaded from the site.

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Arts and Humanities
Anthropology
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Institute of Human Origins
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Becoming Human
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Individual Authors
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08/20/2011
Being in the Noh: An Introduction to Japanese Noh Plays
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Noh, the oldest surviving Japanese dramatic form, combines elements of dance, drama, music, and poetry into a highly stylized, aesthetic retelling of a well-known story from Japanese literature, such as The Tale of Genji or The Tale of the Heike. This lesson provides an introduction to the elements of Noh plays and to the text of two plays, and provides opportunities for students to compare the conventions of the Noh play with other dramatic forms with which they may already be familiar, such as the ancient Greek dramas of Sophocles. By reading classic examples of Noh plays, such as Atsumori, students will learn to identify the structure, characters, style, and stories typical to this form of drama. Students will expand their grasp of these conventions by using them to write the introduction to a Noh play of their own.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Lesson Plan
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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EDSITEments
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/06/2011
Comic Creator
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The Comic Creator invites children and teens to design their own comic strips. Their creations can be just for fun or as part of more structural learning activities: planning writing activities, before- and after-reading activities, and responding to books.

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Arts and Humanities
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ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/15/2011
Comment/How to DIY
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Step-by-step DIY tutorials for the world's almost 7000 languages. All tutorials are public domain or Creative Commons licensed. Anyone can copy any article so they can translate and localize it for their language and context.

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Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
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Individual Authors
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Individual Authors
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
07/30/2011
Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for Grades K-5
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This FREE, pioneering curriculum is designed to empower students to think critically and make informed choices about how they create, communicate online

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Common Sense Media
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Individual Authors
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
06/29/2011
Information Literacy in the Wild
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In this text, you will see information literacy examined from the perspective of students in the School of Education and the School of Information at the University of Michigan. The diversity of these perspectives contribute to new understandings and realizations as their divergent backgrounds, experiences, aspirations, and influences, both in libraries and 'in the wild', are examined in common. Their findings lend a fresh perspective to the existing body of literature on information literacy.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
University of Michigan
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/19/2011
Introduction to Sociology
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Sociology is the study of human social life. Human social life is complex and encompasses many facets of the human experience. Because of the complexity, the discipline of sociology subdivided over time into specialty areas. The first section of this book covers the foundations of sociology, including an introduction to the discipline, the methods of study, and some of the dominant theoretical perspectives. The remaining chapters focus on the different areas of study in sociology.

Introduction to Sociology is a featured book on Wikibooks because it contains substantial content, it is well-formatted, and the Wikibooks community has decided to feature it on the main page or in other places. Note: See "Instructor Resources" to find a list of Course Adoptions and accompanying PPTs.

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Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
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Wikibooks
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
02/13/2012
Introduction to Western Art History: Pre-historic to High Gothic
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In this course, we will study the history of Western art, beginning with the first objects created by prehistoric humans around 20,000 years ago and ending with the art and architecture of the High Gothic period in fourteenth-century Europe. The information presented in this course will provide you with the tools to recognize important works of art and historical styles, as well as to understand the historical context and cultural developments of Western art history through the end of the medieval period. Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of the general arc of the history of the Western world, from Prehistory through the end of the medieval period; identify the major historical events in Western history and the roles of various religious and political leaders in these events; demonstrate an understanding of the vital role that imagery played as various cultures have sought to perpetuate religious, political, and cultural ideologies; understand the relationships between various cultures over timeĺÎĺĚ_ĺÜhow cultures build on the traditions of older cultures to create something new; identify the major stylistic developments in Western art from Prehistory through the end of the Medieval period; discuss the different techniques used by Western artists from the Prehistoric through the Medieval periods and understand which techniques were favored by which cultures; demonstrate an understanding of how technological developments over the course of history changed the appearance, function, and reception of works of art; identify the culture and art-historical period in which works of art were created, based on an understanding of distinctive stylistic features; demonstrate an understanding of how cultures coexisting in different geographical regions related to one another, and how artistic styles were transmitted from one region to another; identify specific monuments and be able to provide basic identifying information: title, date, location, artists, patrons, and art-historical period (i.e. Prehistoric, Egyptian, Ancient Near East, Gothic, etc). (Art History 110)

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Arts and Humanities
Art History
World Cultures
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Assessment
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The Saylor Foundation
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
09/12/2011
Introduction to Western Art History: Proto-Renaissance to Contemporary Art
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In this course, we will study important movements and some influential artists in Western art history. It begins with the Proto-Renaissance in Italy in the 13th century and continues through to the late 20th century, providing a framework for considering how and why certain artistic movements emerged in certain places at certain times. Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to: identify the major styles of works of art in the West from the Italian proto-Renaissance through contemporary art; explain how political, social, and religious ideas inform art styles and images; explain prevalent artistic and architectural techniques developed through the period covered; eiscuss formal aspects of works of art in terminology basic to the field; recognize important artworks and describe them in terms of their form, content, and general history of their creation. (Art HIstory 111)

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Art History
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Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lecture
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The Saylor Foundation
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
09/12/2011
It Came From Greek Mythology
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The lessons in this unit provide you with an opportunity to use online resources to further enliven your students' encounter with Greek mythology, to deepen their understanding of what myths meant to the ancient Greeks, and to help them appreciate the meanings that Greek myths have for us today. In the lessons below, students will learn about Greek conceptions of the hero, the function of myths as explanatory accounts, the presence of mythological terms in contemporary culture, and the ways in which mythology has inspired later artists and poets.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
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EDSITEments
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
09/30/2010
Our Rights Of The Child Scrapbook
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Respecting a child's race, colour, gender, religion, political view, nationality, origin of birth. What does this have to do with the students in my classroom or children all over the world? Ethics and social responsibility in the classroom are invited in this unit of study.Have your students ever thought about looking at an idea through different lenses? What about thinking about one item in different ways? Through the thinking, writing, speaking exercises the students will examine the Declaration of the Rights of The Child and will create a scrapbook weaving multiple genres.

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Arts and Humanities
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Individual Authors
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Individual Authors
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
03/07/2012
Project Noah
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Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

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Project Noah
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Individual Authors
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
04/01/2011