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What are the Three Branches of Government?

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What are the Three Branches of Government?
SubjectGRADES
Social Studies6-8

This lesson introduces students to the three branches of government. They will explore the distinct functions of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches. Through creating foldables and engaging in performances, students will deepen their understanding of how each branch operates independently to maintain balance within the government.

Learning Objectives

  • ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
  • ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.10: By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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Conclusion

By the end of this lesson, students will have a solid understanding of the three branches of government and their distinct roles. By creating foldable and interactive performances, they will reinforce their knowledge and demonstrate their ability to integrate visual and textual information. This hands-on approach ensures that students can independently comprehend and retain key concepts in social studies.

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Natural Selection

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Natural Selection
SubjectGRADES
Science9-12

Animals adapt to their environment through natural selection. This process leads to the development of beneficial traits, helping students understand why and how these changes occur.

Learning Objectives

(HS-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity)
Students will construct evidence-based explanations of how natural selection leads to population adaptation.

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Conclusion

Understanding natural selection helps explain how animals adapt to their environments. By studying this process, students gain insight into the mechanisms of evolution and the diversity of life. For the complete lesson plan, download the PDF.

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“The Rose That Grew From Concrete” Poem Exploration

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“The Rose That Grew From Concrete” Poem Exploration
SubjectGRADES
Language Arts6-8

Tupac Shakur’s poem “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” explores themes of growth, overcoming expectations, and perseverance. The poem inspires resilience, urging individuals to strive despite challenging circumstances that may hinder personal growth and achievement.

Learning Objectives

Analyze a text to identify its theme or central idea and explain how specific details support it while providing a summary free from personal opinions or judgments. (ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2)

Prepare for discussions by thoroughly studying required materials and effectively utilizing evidence from texts to deepen exploration and reflection on discussed ideas, topics, or issues. (ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1.a)

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Conclusion

The lesson objectives focus on students’ ability to analyze texts for themes and central ideas while summarizing objectively and preparing for and participating in discussions with evidence-based reflections. For further details, please refer to the downloadable PDF of the entire lesson plan.

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The Perks of Being an Author

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The Perks of Being an Author
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Language Arts9-12

To Kill a Mockingbird is an American classic. Why is it so popular? This lesson explores how Harper Lee’s authorial decisions made her novel resonate with audiences across generations. Students will uncover the timeless appeal and enduring impact of Lee’s storytelling.

Learning Objectives

(ELA-LITERACY.RL11-12.3) Students will analyze the impact of the author’s choices on developing and relating elements of a story or drama, such as setting, action order, and character introduction and development.

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Conclusion

By examining Harper Lee’s authorial choices in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” students will understand how these decisions contribute to the novel’s lasting popularity and relevance. This analysis will enhance their appreciation of literature and its power to connect with readers across generations. For the full lesson plan, download the PDF.

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