Chester County IU

Chester County Intermediate Unit is one of 29 PA Intermediate Units participating in the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Unit’s OER implementation. This group provides a space to collaborate, evaluate, share, develop and promote the free and open use of educational resources by and for LEAs in Pennsylvania.
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52a. The Cold War Erupts

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In 1945, one major war ended and another began. The Cold War lasted about 45 years. There were no direct military campaigns between the two main antagonists, the United States and the Soviet Union. Yet billions of dollars and millions of lives were lost in the fight.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Reading

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)

Animal Diversity Web

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This site is a searchable encyclopedia of thousands of photos, descriptions, sound recordings, and other information about individual animal species. Find out about amphibians, arthropods, birds, fishes, insects, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, and sharks. Explore special features on mammals, skulls, and frog calls. Students are invited to contribute.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

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

National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)

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The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawai'i is one of the fifteen National Foreign Language Resource Centers established under Title VI of the U.S. Department of Education. NFLRC focuses on the less commonly taught languages of Asia and the Pacific, including Arabic. The website offers publications available for sale and frequently hosts conferences and workshops.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

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


¿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

9/11 Memorial: Lesson Plans

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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has partnered with the New York City Department of Education and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education to develop a set of 9/11 lessons for K-12 classrooms. The lesson plans are divided into multiple themes and across grade level spans. Each lesson draws upon artifacts and oral histories from the 9/11 Memorial Museum collection. They are written for use throughout the school year and across subjects, including Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, and Art. Each lesson is also aligned to the Common Core Standards to ensure relevance in teaching.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: National September 11 Memorial & Museum

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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This collection uses primary sources to explore The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Material Type: Primary Source

Author: Susan Ketcham