Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Civics: Civic Engagement

Define a project and meet with a community partner. Present the community problem and proposed solutions to a special session of the city council.

Civics: Constitutional Convention

Simulate the writing of a constitution for the hypothetical country of Permistan.

Civics: Controversial Public Policy Issues

Conduct an opinion poll on racial profiling. Physically engage students by having them move around from “Agree” to “Disagree” to “Undecided” positions during discussion.

Critical Pedagogy: Lawson Fusao Inada

Visit a cultural center to see artifacts and hear first-person accounts of the victimization of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Critical Pedagogy: Octavia E. Butler

Make connections between newspaper articles and issues Butler raises in the book. Encourage students to involve themselves politically by writing letters that call for social justice.

Critical Pedagogy: Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Discuss the Chinese practice of footbinding and then explore how contemporary American women suffer to make themselves conform to society's standards of beauty.

Cultural Studies: Graciela Limon

Provide students with a window into the culture of Chiapas, and enable them to understand how the texts are related using the bilingual picture book "The Story of Colors /La Historia de los Colores."

Cultural Studies: Russell Leong

Immerse students in Asian American culture with a class trip to Chinatown in Los Angeles. Create Japanese renga poems to describe the experience.

Civics: Electoral Politics

Prior to the 2002 mayoral election in Newark, New Jersey, students study the candidates’ positions on issues they have chosen to track.

Europe - European Cities

Create a brochure promoting a European city and write a letter proposing future plans to improve it.

Europe - European Integration? European Union Membership Activity

Role-play representatives from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ukraine, apply for entry to the EU and make a presentation to the EU Council of Ministers.

Civics: Freedom of Religion

Simulate a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on a First amendment case about a Texas school district delivering prayers over the intercom.

Global Forces / Local Impact - Philadelphia's Schuylkill River

On a class field trip to historic Bartram’s Garden, pupils learn how the local watershed area of the Schuylkill River has changed over time.

Global Forces / Local Impact - What is Quality of Life? An Indonesian Case Study

Make global comparisons of quality of life indicators with those of Indonesia.

Inquiry: Tomás Rivera

Students question the translator of ...y no se lo tragó la tierra... (And the Earth Did Not Devour Him) by Tomás Rivera, conduct Internet research, and interview Mexican immigrants who work in their school.

Latin America - Volcanoes, Trenches, and Plate Boundaries

Study the locations of trenches and volcanoes and learn the relationship between them. Discuss the pros and cons of living near a volcano.

North America - Analyzing Philadelphia's Historical Maps

On a field trip to see historic maps, analyze how resources influence settlement patterns, and how land- and cityscapes change due to urbanization.

North America - Enterprise Communities in Denver

Use data and models to define the location of economically distressed neighborhoods located in Denver.

North America - San Antonio Growth and Expansion

Consider the impacts of human migration on physical and human systems and ask "where will the future growth of San Antonio occur?"

Overrun by Skeeters - Exponential Growth

This introduction to exponential functions considers the world population since 1650. In a simulation, the population grows at a random yet predictable rate.

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