Hideyoshi Unifies All of Japan- Flow Chart Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Grade 7, Lessons, Reading Skills

Text: HIDEYOSHI UNIFIES JAPAN FLOW CHART  Activity: Hideyoshi Flow Chart  Before we begin the story of Hideyoshi, it is important to explain to students the significance of seppuku to the samurai code of honor, bushido.  There’s a lot of seppuku in this story and whether the kids find it weird, cool in a gross way, or so gangsta, […]

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Writing Assignment: How did Islam Impact West Africa?

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Writing

California Content Standards: 7.4. 3. Describe the role of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law. 7.4.4. Trace the growth of the Arabic language in government, trade, and Islamic scholarship in West Africa. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.5 Once students have read through a […]

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Mansa Musa and the Kingdom of Mali

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Writing

California Content Standard(s): 7.4.3 Describe the role of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law. 7.4.4 Trace the growth of the Arabic language in government, trade, and Islamic scholarship in West Africa. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and […]

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How to Deal with Poor Language Mechanics in the Classroom

Posted Eureka Lessons Blog, English, English Language Arts, Grade 11-12, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9-10, Writing

Grading essays can be grueling for teachers who place an especially high value on grammar and spelling.  The writing game has degenerated since teachers graduated high school as evidenced by today’s wildly popular listicle literary style.  If you’re unfamiliar with listicles, they tend to prize brevity and user views over language mechanics and content. If this is what kids are reading, can we really fault […]

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Activity: Sundiata, the Lion King

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Literature

CALIFORNIA CONTENT STANDARD(S)- SOCIAL SCIENCE- 7.4.1 Study… the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires.  7.4. 5  Describe the importance of written and oral traditions in the transmission of African history and culture. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.7  Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques […]

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Title: Buddha
Author/Illustrator: Demi 

Buddha by Demi- Guided Reading and Storyboard Activity

Posted Eureka Lessons 6th Grade social science, 7th Grade Social Science, ART 6-8, English, Grade 6, Grade 7, HUMANITIES ELECTIVES, Lessons, Literature

Demi’s Buddha is a fantastic, grade level appropriate book detailing the life and work of Siddhārtha Gautama.  The story is instantly engaging and the illustrations are well drawn.  For this activity, I recommend having 5-7 copies available to your students.  It’s roughly $3.45/copy (hardcover) on amazon. 1. Hand out Buddha by Demi- Guiding Questions and read aloud to students […]

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China’s 13th Century Agricultural and Commercial Developments

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, ART 6-8, English, Grade 7, HUMANITIES ELECTIVES, Lessons, Speaking and Listening

California Content Standard7.3.2- Describe agricultural, technological, and commercial developments during the Tang and Sung periods. Required Materials: Readings “Characteristics of the new Agriculture,” and “Growth of Trade and Commerce,” Marketplace ambiance audio clip, Rice Paddy ambiance audio clip, craft paper (2 sheets per student), water based paint, paintbrushes, cups (for rinsing paint) Activity Overview: Students will participate in a […]

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Muslim Achievements Writing Assignment

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Writing

As a cumulative writing assignment to the Islam unit, students write a paragraph describing 3 of the most important contributions of the Muslim Empire. Writing Assignment Instructions Writing Assignment Brainstorm Page 3 writing samples and rubric   Muslim Achievement Writing Assignment Alia Klein.”Muslim Achievements Writing Assignment”. September 2007. Lesson Plan.

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Medieval Cliffhanger Story

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Speaking and Listening, Writing

Cliffhanger stories are so fun to tell, especially when you feel like annoying your students.  You set up a great story, get to the climax, and then it’s, “Okay guys, come up with a great ending on your own.”  Listen!  Instruct students to keep pencils down and simply listen as you read “Lady Ginobili and the Green-eyed […]

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Create Your Own Medieval Character

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Writing

Once students have a general knowledge of feudalism and the manor system, assign this activity to tie it all together. 1. Handout: “Create a Medieval Character” and allow students to choose from barbarian, lord, vassal, church official, etc.  Students create an illustration and back story for their character- country of origin, a name, age, and any background […]

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10 Theories on the Fall of Rome

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Writing

          The Roman Empire had a powerful army, expansive territory, and boasted one of the longest periods of peace in human history.  So just how did this great empire fall?  Where did it go wrong?  I’m all verklempt, talk amongst yourselves, here, I’ll give you a topic: The Roman Empire didn’t fall it […]

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What does architecture say about a society?

Posted Eureka Lessons 10th grade social science, 11th Grade Social Science, 6th Grade social science, 7th Grade Social Science, 8th grade social science, 9th grade social science, English, Grade 11-12, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9-10, Lessons, Writing

Objective: SWBAT connect historical context to different types of architectural styles across various cultures and eras. Value/Transition: My art history professor once told me that one of the best ways to study history is to look at the structures still standing.  It’s as if buildings wear facial expressions- they can convey the feelings of the very people whose […]

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Point of View: Ants on my Pizza

Posted Eureka Lessons English, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Lessons, Literature, Reading Skills, Speaking and Listening, Writing

Point of View: Ants on My Pizza and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6 Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6 Analyze how an author develops and […]

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