All resources in Chester County IU

Sociology Nature of Deviance and Crime documentary project

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This lesson deals with the nature of deviance through documentaries done through the PBS series Frontline or the documentary series Real Stories.Students will need to review the nature of deviance and crime, apply key concepts and terms that deal with deviance and crime, and apply those concepts to a film clip that is school appropriate and exemplifies those concepts.Students will be the faciliators of a film study of that clip and will  lead discussions about the aspects of the film clip and analysis.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Domenic Martelli

The Future of Automotive Technology - Keeping Your Curriculum Up-to-Date

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This free webinar was presented on October 2, 2014, anddiscussed how the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) can support keeping your automotive, electronics, and IT curricula up-to-date. The CAAT's recent renewal through 2017 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center includes changes in its technical scope, adding new technologies: vehicle lightweight design and automated vehicles. These presentations documented the need for improved curricula in these technical areas. The CAAT also continues to focus on vehicle electrification and propulsion systems. In addition, the webinar included highlights from the 2014 CAAT Conference, held earlier this year, which addressed the future of automotive technology as presented by several well-known industry experts.As part of the webinar, we solicited proposals to apply for the additional seed funding the CAAT now controls to develop curricula in these subjects. The seed funding portion of the agenda included brief presentations from two current seed funding project developers so that potential applicants can understand better the types of projects suitable for seed funding support.

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT)

2013 CAR Management Briefing Seminars

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This resource contains presentations from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) 2013 Management Briefing Seminars held August 5-8, 2013. With over 900 attendees from industry, government, media, and academia, the event featured outstanding presentations from industry thought leaders as well as various networking and social events. Using CAR research as a foundation, these seminars revolved around global manufacturing strategies, lightweighting, connected vehicles, powertrain developments, sales forecasting, purchasing, policy, designing for technology, and capital investment.

Material Type: Data Set, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan

Author: Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues

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Who decides who among us is civilized? What rules should govern immigration into the United States? Whom should we let in? Keep out? What should we do about political refugees or children without papers? What if they would be a drain on our economy? ACCOMPLISHMENTS Students read William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest and write a short argument about who in the play is truly civilized. Students participate in a mock trial in which they argue for or against granting asylum to a teenage refugee, and then they write arguments in favor of granting asylum to one refugee and against granting it to another. Students read an Independent Reading text and write an informational essay about a global issue and how that relates to their book. GUIDING QUESTIONS These questions are a guide to stimulate thinking, discussion, and writing on the themes and ideas in the unit. For complete and thoughtful answers and for meaningful discussions, students must use evidence based on careful reading of the texts. What role do national identity, custom, religion, and other locally held beliefs play in a world increasingly characterized by globalization? How does Shakespeare’s view of human rights compare with that in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Who is civilized? Who decides what civilization is or how it’s defined? How do we behave toward and acknowledge those whose culture is different from our own?

Material Type: Unit of Study

Teaching the "American War": Looking at the War in Vietnam Through Vietnamese Eyes

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Too often, the Vietnam War is taught solely from American perspectives, as students examine the role of the U.S. government and military in the conflict, the war's impact on American lives, and the ways in which the war influenced subsequent domestic and foreign policy. Framing the conflict in terms that ignore the Vietnamese and their experiences, however, makes it difficult for students to fully understand the nature of the war and its impact. These primary source activities prompt students to consider the war through the eyes of the Vietnamese and are designed to complement topics that are traditionally covered from U.S. perspectives. The first activity uses speeches made by Ho Chi Minh to examine how one Vietnamese leader viewed Vietnam's struggle. In the second activity, oral history interviews with Vietnamese soldiers and civilians are used to understand the motivations of some individuals to take arms against American and South Vietnamese forces. Finally, the third activity draws on Vietnamese antiwar music to explore Vietnamese feelings towards war and make comparisons with the American antiwar movement.

Material Type: Lecture, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Ann Marie Gleeson, Edward Miller, Jessica Lander


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This is an elementary Latin course accompanied with a detailed grammar based upon Kennedy's Public School Latin Grammar designed to introduce one to the world of classical languages. A basic understanding of grammatical terminology would be helpful; however, it is not required. Basic definitions of terms will be explained in Lessons 1 and 2, and later elaborated as needed.

Material Type: Textbook

100th Day of School Activities

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Resources to mark the 100th day of school with math activities. Challenge students to generate 100 different ways to represent the number 100. Students will easily generate 99 + 1 and 50 + 50, but encourage them to think out of the box. Challenge them to include examples from all of the NCTM Standards strands: number sense, numerical operations, geometry, measurement, algebra, patterns, data analysis, probability, discrete math, Create a class list to record the best entries. Some teachers write 100 in big bubble numeral style and then record the entries inside the numerals.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Terry Kawas


¿Cómo es Puerto Rico? - (What is Puerto Rico like?)

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In this face to face or flipped lesson, students will examine some of the culture and traditions associated with Puerto Rico.  Then, they will compare and contrast what they've learned with one of the other countries we have researched (either Costa Rica or Argentina).  They will do this using the questioning prompt, "I Used to Think... But Now I Think...".(ACTFL Standards:  Cultures - 2.1 & Comparisons - 4.2)

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Denise Bily

Women in World History

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Women in World History is an online curriculum resource center designed to help high school and college world history teachers and students find and analyze online primary sources on women in world history. Materials encourage teachers to integrate recent scholarship and give students a more sophisticated framework for understanding global women’s history. Women in World History reflects three approaches central to current scholarship in world history and the history of women: an emphasis on comparative issues rather than civilizations in isolation; a focus on contacts among different societies; and an attentiveness to “global” forces, such as technology diffusion, migration, or trade routes, that transcend individual societies. Project materials also utilize recent advances in our understanding of how historical learning takes place, including complex interaction with sources, recursive reading, and skills used by historians.The site includes: Archived online discussions on teaching strategies, resources, and practical classroom applications, co-moderated by an experienced world history teacher and a leading scholar of women in world history; Scholarly reviews of online primary source archives, including teaching potential; More than 200 primary sources, plus an essay on analyzing gender through primary sources; Multimedia case studies model strategies for interpreting primary sources; Curricula for high school and college, including primary sources and teaching strategies.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Case Study, Lecture, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Using Folk Tales: Vowel Influences on the Letter G

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Folk tales and fairy tales are of interest to and part of the language arts curriculum for young learners. This lesson supports the study of this genre and the study of irregular patterns and letter-sound relationships related to decoding and spelling. After reading the folk tale Jack and the Beanstalk, students discuss the word giant and its beginning sound. Students then create their own lists of words that begin with the same sound. Then, students are introduced to words with the soft g sound and create a new list of words with this beginning sound. As a culminating activity, students work individually or in groups to categorize animal names into groups according to their beginning g sound.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Rebecca L. Olness

APA Style Guide

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The standard citation style guide book for the fields of business, education, health science, public service, and social science is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010. The American Psychological Association (APA) publishes the manual. We commonly refer to it as "the APA Manual". The business, education, health science, public service, and social science departments at IRSC recommend APA format for papers written in these fields. Two types of citations are included in most research papers: citations within the text of the document and a list of reference citations at the end of the paper. In-Text Citations: The APA Manual uses the author-date citation system for in-text citations. Reference Citations: The sources you use in your work are included as a separate list at the end of the paper. The APA Manual suggests using the title, References, for the list.

Material Type: Reading

Accessing Complex Text Through Structured Conversations

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In this lesson students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) to discuss and deconstruct complex text. The new core standards emphasize the importance of developing students' speaking and listening skills as well as helping them access complex text through reading, re-reading, re-thinking, and re-examining.The purpose of this lesson is to get the students to focus and stay on topic while they talk. As a result, students are required to think more extensively about a topic by repeatedly reading and discussing with others.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Analyzing Arguments--Propaganda (Robbie Pock, Portland Community College)

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In this unit you will learn about the formal parts of an argument and how they work together. You will also learn about a common and not always honest way that people making arguments attempt to persuade their audiences, sometimes through manipulation. This unit contains two lessons, a primary source reading, an information literacy activity, and a discussion activity. This resource was created as part of a Developmental Reading course redesign project, with contributions from Theresa Love and David Pontious and support from an Open Oregon Educational Resources grant.

Material Type: Module

Authors: Amy Hofer, Robbie Pock