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CLIMATE CHANGE: Fitting the Facts Together & Acting on Them
Student readings explore the scientific evidence on global warming,
views of climate change deniers, and ideas for student action
on climate change, including a day of action on October
10, 2010, sponsored by 350.org, Greenpeace and
the Rainforest Action Network.
over the NYC Muslim Community Center & the 9/11 Experience
(for younger students) (9/22/10)
lesson asks children to watch and discuss three public service
announcements by the Council on American Islamic Relations featuring
Muslims who were part of the 9/11 rescue effort; consider the
news about the controversy over the Cordoba Project ("Ground
Zero Mosque"), and discuss a Niemoller poem that relates
to standing up for the rights of others.
& ISLAMOPHOBIA (for
talk about their cultural heritage, watch
an online video about American Muslims, discuss their understanding
of Islam and Muslims, and share their own experiences of being
TO KNOW YOU: Classroom Activities for Starting Off the School
28-page PDF booklet includes great activities to get your class
(grades preK-12) off to a good start in the new school year.
ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Does it Violate ''Due Process' and 'Equal
student reading provides an excerpt from Judge Walker's ruling
that California's Prop 8 is unconstitutional and describes competing
opinions on gay marriage. A critical thinking activity follows.
'STAGGERING DISASTER': How Students Can Help (9/1/10)
brief student reading suggesting the dimensions of the crisis
is followed by suggestions for student discussion and inquiry,
and ways to translate compassion into action.
MUSLIM COMMUNITY CENTER: Why There? Why Not? (8/30/10)
student readings describe plans for the controversial center,
multiple perspectives about it, and an overview of mosque protests
in New York City and elsewhere. Suggestions for a fish bowl discussion
IS JUST TO SAY: NCLB and Race to the Top Leave Education Behind
Shapiro's essay challenges us to consider current education policies
and what real reform might look like.
QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN: What Threat to the U.S.?
Obama continues to maintain that Al Qaeda and the Taliban "threaten
America and its allies." Is he right? Three student readings
present some of the basic background information on Al Qaeda and
the Taliban and on differing views of counterinsurgency.
FACTS WITH SNOPES, FACTCHECK & POLITIFACT (7/14/10)
internet is loaded with information--but much of it is inaccurate.
Three student readings examine three reliable factchecking sources--Snopes,
FactCheck, and PolitiFact. Discussion questions, writing assignments
and opportunities for group work follow.
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