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Braving Brave New World
Braving Brave New World
Description:

This learning element ranges from the beginning of the "experiencing the known" process with Brave New World all the way through reading the novel and working on the literary analysis paper that works as a capstone on the novel and typically on the course as a whole.  

  • Discipline: English--College Prep
  • Topic: Brave New World Novel and related topics
  • Prior knowledge: Knowledge of satire, dystopias, critical reading skills
  • Age range: 17-18
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Turn up the Volume
Turn up the Volume
Description:

Students will explore the features of 3D shapes.  They will investigate the relationship between Surface Area (SA) and Volume (V).

They will theorise on their own formula for finding the SA and V of different prisms.

They will create 3D sculptures and critically analyse each others work.

They will investigate the relationship between the weight of water and the space it takes up and the metric measuring system.

  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Surface Area and Volume of Prisms
  • Prior knowledge: Exposure to the names and features of simple shapes
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A Novel Study of "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963"
A Novel Study of "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963"
Description:

This learning element is designed to explore the time period in American history of the Civil Rights Movement.  The novel that will be the core of the element is set in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, and exposes students to this time period through the eyes of the 10 year old African American narrator, Kenny Watson.  This is a historical fiction novel that ends with the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and addresses issues of predjudice and bullying, and lends itself to many areas of classroom discussion, as well as writing topics.

Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

  • Discipline: Reading, Language Arts
  • Topic: Civil Rights Era, Predjudice, Bullying, Family Values
  • Prior knowledge: experience with adding information to a blog site
  • Age range: 10-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Performing Arts - Drama
Performing Arts - Drama
Description:

This unit of work introduces students to elements of drama. It is designed to develop confidence and basic acting skills. They define, analyse and try different performances.

  • Discipline: The Arts
  • Topic: Drama
  • Prior knowledge: Some performing arts from Primary School.
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Adolescent Brain Development
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Description:

This learning element has been designed to engage adolescents in a variety of activities that will enhance their knowledge of the brain and more specifically adolescent brain development. 

The design aligns with essential learning achievements from  'Every chance to learn, curricullum framework for ACT schools, early adolescent band' Australia.

Students will be engaged in activities through a variety of learning modes including extensive use of ICT, interpreting a variety of text, writing procedural and scientific reports, conducting experiments, researching evidence and advocating safe choices through a health promotion campaign.

  • Discipline: Science, health and interdiciplinary skills
  • Topic: Biology
  • Prior knowledge: No prior knowledge of brain required
  • Age range: 12-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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