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Analyzing Images
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Images can be a useful component in any subject.  This lesson will guide students through an analysis of an image.  Students will use critical thinksing skills to interpret an image. Students will then generate a hypothesis about the source and construct questions for further investigation. 

Subject:
Art History
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
History
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
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Author:
Lynn Ann Wiscount
Erin Halovanic
Vince Mariner
Date Added:
07/07/2020
Art and Ecology
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Artists are often particularly keen observers and precise recorders of the physical conditions of the natural world. As a result, paintings can be good resources for learning about ecology. Teachers can use this lesson to examine with students the interrelationship of geography, natural resources, and climate and their effects on daily life. It also addresses the roles students can take in caring for the environment. Students will look at paintings that represent cool temperate, warm temperate, and tropical climates.
In this lesson students will: Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards; Identify natural resources found in particular geographic areas; Discuss ways in which climate, natural resources, and geography affect daily life; Apply critical-thinking skills to consider the various choices artists have made in their representations of the natural world; Make personal connections to the theme by discussing ways they can be environmental stewards.

Subject:
Art History
Arts and Humanities
Ecology
Life Science
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Gallery of Art
Date Added:
02/16/2011
The Art of Language
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The words we choose to communicate with can be quite tricky. In fact, great writers are considered artists because of their language skills. In this seminar, you will learn how to enhance an argument by choosing your words carefully and “playing” with the language. Rhetorical devices (a fancy term for “persuasive words”) will be a significant aspect of your artful language.StandardsCC.1.2.9-10.H: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing the validity of reasoning and relevance of evidence.CC.1.4.9-10.C: Develop and analyze the topic with relevant, well-chosen, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic; include graphics and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.CC.1.4.9-10.G: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Deanna Mayers
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
10/14/2017
Authorship - Who Tells the Story?
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Students will practice looking at a topic from multiple points of view, and will discuss whose voices are amplified and whose voices are silenced.   This lesson is part of a media unit curated at our Digital Citizenship website called "Who Am I Online?".  

Subject:
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Dana John
Angela Anderson
Beth Clothier
John Sadzewicz
Date Added:
06/14/2020
Communicating Successfully in the Workplace: What It Takes
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What does it take to be successful in the workplace? This unit provides students with the opportunity to examine this question, evaluate what others say and form their own voice, and finally to express and share what they find. The materials are for the instructor and provide options to adapt to specfic students. learning needs,  and time frame.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Molly Berger
Date Added:
04/21/2021
Compromise at the Constitutional Convention
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This activity is designed to help students understand the debates at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that shaped America’s legislative branch of government. The primary goal of this activity is for students to discover how a compromise balanced the needs of large states and small states and how this led to the creation of the current House of Representatives and Senate.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
OER LIBRARIAN
Date Added:
12/14/2020
Cultivating Washington: The History of Our State's Food, Land, and People
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The Cultivating Washington curriculum is intended to be a go-to resource for Washington state middle school educators seeking student-centered instructional materials that make learning about the history of the Pacific Northwest more relevant and meaningful for students.In addition, it is a resource for agricultural education teachers, parents, and community members interested in helping students discover the history and development of agriculture in the state of Washington.

Subject:
Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Economics
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Barbara Soots
Washington OSPI OER Project
Jerry Price
Date Added:
09/02/2020
Deepfakes: Exploring Media Manipulation
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Students examine what deepfakes are and consider the deeper civic and ethical implications of deepfake technology. In an age of easy image manipulation, this lesson fosters critical thinking skills that empower students to question how we can mitigate the impact of doctored media content. This lesson plan includes a slide deck and brainstorm sheet for classroom use.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
General Law
History
Law
Political Science
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
World History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
08/05/2019
Define That!
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Definitions are a part of daily life, academics, and careers. How do they work? What makes an effetive definition. Students examine examples of definitions and revise them to learn about options for writing clearly for varied audiences. Finally, students create their own expanded definition.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Communication
Composition and Rhetoric
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Molly Berger
Date Added:
12/31/2020
Developing a Growth Mindset
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Students explore the concept of a growth mindset through readings and videos. They write annotate texts, discuss, write reflections, create graphics as they explore and examine the topic. Finally they form and express their own voice in an essay.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Molly Berger
Theresa Hernandez
Hank Wyborney
Date Added:
08/23/2019
Digital Age Skill: Language Arts - What Makes a Hero
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This is a lesson using Digital Age Skills in Language Arts. The lesson refers to a documentary about Rosa Parks. This lesson could be taught using any documentary as an anchor text. The outcome of the lesson is for students to produce a documentary of their own based on a hero in their lives.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Date Added:
05/20/2020
DocsTeach
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Docs Teach is the online tool for teaching with documents, from the National Archives.
* Choose from thousands of primary sources for use in classroom activities.
* Find and use activities crafted by educators using documents from the National Archives.
* Create your own interactive learning activities.

Subject:
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Primary Source
Author:
United States. National Archives and Records Administration.
Date Added:
03/16/2020
Does Science Fiction Predict the Future? Inquiry Bases Media Literacy Unit
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Students will learn the potential costs and benefits of social media, digital consumption, and our relationship with technology as a society in the three-week lesson. This inquiry based unit of study will answer the following questions:

Essential Question: How can we use science fiction’s ability to predict the future to help humanity?

Supportive Questions 1: What predictions of future development has science fiction accurately made in the past? This can include technology, privacy, medicine, social justice, political, environmental, education, and economic.

Supportive Question 2: What predictions for future development in contemporary science fiction are positive for the future of humanity? What factors need to begin in your lifetime to make these predictions reality?

Supportive Question 3: What predictions for future development in contemporary science fiction are negative for the future of humanity? What factors need to begin in your lifetime to stop these negative outcomes?

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Morgen Larsen
Date Added:
07/13/2020
Drumbeats in Time 11/12th Grade Unit Plan
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This unit plan was designed in order to instruct students in the Kittitas Valley about the contributions and perspectives of the Kittitas Band of the Yakama Nation. This unit plan has students use primary and secondary sources, inquiry, videos and lecture to plan and conduct an oral history interview with a Kittitas Band member. If tribal members of the Kittitas are not avaiable for interview, there is a sample video of an interview with Kittitas member Allen Aronica. Students can use this video instead of conducting an oral history interview for the final lesson. 

Subject:
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Author:
Alexander Ahlgren
Date Added:
06/25/2021
Ekphrastic Poetry!
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Ekphrastic poetry is inpired by art. This lesson includes a teacher plan and slides to engage students in exploring and writing this type of poetry. With a link to the Washington Superintendent's High School Art Show, students can view the creativity of other teenagers to write their poems.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Molly Berger
Washington OSPI OER Project
Heidi Aijala
Barbara Soots
Janet Hayakawa
Daniya Baisubanova
Date Added:
05/04/2020
English Language Arts Core Instructional Materials Options
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These are full-course openly licensed resources for districts interested in exploring OER options when considering core instructional materials for district adoption. Course materials are available for online viewing or download.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Lesson
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Barbara Soots
Aira Jackson
Molly Berger
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
03/18/2020
Examining Human Compassion (Remix) Day 1: Defining Compassion and Morality
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FOCUS QUESTIONIs compassion the basis for morality?STUDENT OUTCOMESStudents will:examine and interpret the definitions of morality and compassion as presented in a variety of textsread, analyze, and discuss quotations and/or multimedia sourceswrite an original definition of a moral person (This definition will be used later in an argument paper which cites Atticus Finch's acts of compassion as evidence of his morality.) Image source: "Mockingbird" by skeeze on Pixabay.com.

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
April Fleming
MSDE Admin
Kathleen Maher-Baker
Date Added:
06/27/2018
Examining Human Compassion (Remix) Days 3-6: Southern Gothic Literature
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During days 3-6 of the unit, students will complete a short, focused research assignment to learn about the characteristics of Sourthern Gothic Literature and to begin to view To Kill a Mockingbird through that lens.  As is true with the rest of the unit, the three day time frame is a suggestion only and can be adjusted based on your schedule and the needs of the students.Image source: "Mockingbird" by skeeze on Pixabay.com.

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
April Fleming
MSDE Admin
Kathleen Maher-Baker
Date Added:
06/27/2018
Examining Human Compassion (Remix) Days 7-9: Character Analysis in "The Life you Save May Be Your Own"
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Students will read and analyze a short story from the Southern Gothic genre entitled "The Life you Save May be Your Own" by Flannery O'Conner.  They will continue to explore the ideas of human compassion and morality by examining the apparent  lack of compassion in the characters of Mr. Shiftlet and the old woman, Lucynell Crater.  Students will use close reading strategies to identify examples of indirect characterization that contribute to their analysis of these two central characters in the text. Image source: "Mockingbird" by skeeze on Pixabay.com.

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
April Fleming
MSDE Admin
Kathleen Maher-Baker
Date Added:
07/17/2018