Special Education Teachers and OER

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Dollars and Dentists (Informational Writing for the Resource English Classroom)

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This is a writing assignment designed specifically for the special education setting.  It involves having the students watch a high-interest video with teacher supported discussion.  Students will use the information from the video along with three informational articles that they read.  One article is provided for them.  They need to find two articles on their own and read them.  There are no citation requirements for this paper, however, that could easily be added. This could easily be modified for the general education classroom adding the following Standards:  RI5, RI6, RI7, W4, W7, and W8.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Judy Griffin

Understanding Data

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Data is all around us. Everything from the fitness tracker on your wrist to researchers at your local university are creating mountains of data — big data. What does all this data mean? And how can it help us answer important questions such as: What are the leading causes of heart disease? Or what patterns are related to higher pay at your job? Looking at data can help us answer fun questions too — who’s likely to win the next Super Bowl? Leave the boring lectures behind and intuitively learn data analysis through interactive exercises that allow you to play with fascinating real-world datasets. By the end of this course, you’ll be comfortable applying the basics of statistical analysis and econometrics. There are no prerequisites and we encourage you to repeat the interactive lessons as often as you need.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Thomas Stratmann

Court Documents Related to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Memphis Sanitation Workers

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This lesson provides fliers and other documents related to the demonstration in Memphis on March 28, 1968. On that day, students near the end of the march broke windows of businesses. Looting ensued. The march was halted. King was deeply distressed by the violence. He and fellow leaders negotiated a commitment to nonviolence among disagreeing factions in Memphis, and another march was planned for April 8. On April 4, as he stepped out of his motel room to go to dinner, he was assassinated.

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Vengeful Verbs in Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Expose middle school students to a first taste of Shakespeare from the angle of the ghost story and launch into the subject of verbs. In this lesson, they learn how Shakespeare uses verbs to move the action of the play. Students then distinguish generic verbs from vivid verbs by working with selected lines in Hamlet's Ghost scene. Finally they test their knowledge of verbs through a crossword interactive puzzle.

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Women and Revolution: In the Time of the Butterflies

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Set in the Dominican Republic during the rule of Rafael Trujillo, In the Time of the Butterflies fictionalizes historical figures in order to dramatize the Dominican people's heroic efforts to overthrow this dictator's brutal regime. In the following activities, students will examine the actions of the characters in the novel and discuss an all encompassing definition for courage.

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Pearl S. Buck: "On Discovering America"

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American author Pearl S. Buck spent most of her life in China. She returned to America in 1934, "an immigrant among immigrants"¦in my native land." In this lesson, students will explore American attitudes toward immigration in the 1930s through Pearl S. Buck's essay, "On Discovering America." They will explore the meaning of the term "American" in this context and look at how the media portrayed immigrants.

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Lesson 3: Themes in Lord of the Flies

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Lesson 3 involves distinguishing between a literary topic and a literary theme. It articulates a variety of William Golding's themes implicit in the novel "Lord of the Flies" and has students recognize the dominant theme of human nature's propensity for destruction.

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Lesson 3: Repetition in the Visual Arts

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When we view paintings and other works of art our eyes usually move across the surface of the canvas, hitting on various points, objects, and figures in the picture. In this lesson students will learn about repetition, one of the techniques artists often use to highlight important elements within a painting's composition, and to move a viewer's eye around the canvas, from highpoint to highpoint.

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Lesson 3: Literary Genres in "Moby-Dick"

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Lesson 3 guides students through Melville's seamless integration of several literary genres"”sermon, scientific writing, drama, and hymn"”and moves into an analytical discussion of "Moby-Dick" as a masterwork that goes above and beyond the appeal of its fictional genre.

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