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A label once reserved for a small group of students who displayed above-average intellectual achievement, giftedness now represents a more comprehensive set of skills or capacities based not only in ability, but also in creativity, motivation, and social factors acting together. Giftedness, therefore, is distributed across all socio-economic, gender, cultural, and racial categories.
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Educational programs designed to offer enriched opportunities for students identified as having the highest academic potential, including additional classes, programs, or services. Gifted students are considered to have the capacity to achieve beyond the norm based either on IQ scores, demonstrated ability in the classroom, or both.

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Economics: Market surveys
This lesson plan is for an accelerated, academically gifted 4th/5th grade combination class. The unit of study is economics (social studies). This lesson was designed as a supplemental lesson for a unit I taught called Mini-Society (supported by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership). I taught this unit for the first time this year after attending a workshop at Chapel Hill, NC. This lesson enhances the Mini-Society unit in which children create their own businesses.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics and Social Studies)
By Denise Delp.
Changes in a democratic society (Lesson 3 of 3)
This lesson is a follow-up to Changes in a Democratic Society, Lessons 1 and 2. Students will reflect upon and respond to a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, "Monument for the Defense of Paris." Permission has been granted by Ackland Art Museum to use the following sculptures: "Monument for the Defense of Paris" (Auguste Rodin) and "Wisdom Supporting Liberty" (Aime-Jules Dalou).
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Karen Wagoner.
Change in a democratic society (Lesson 1 of 3)
This lesson will demonstrate how art can imitate society. Students will learn about democracy in America through an examination of and a Paideia seminar on "The Sword of Damocles," an oil painting by British painter Richard Westall. This lesson should be used after a study of colonial times in America and through the American Revolution.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Sharyn West.
Changes in a democratic society (Lesson 2 of 3)
This lesson is the post-seminar activity to follow Changes in a Democratic Society, Lesson 1. Students will participate in tiered assignments reflecting on the Westall painting, "The Sword of Damocles," and the prior day's Paideia seminar on that painting.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Sharyn West.
And justice for all: The Trail of Tears, Mexican deportation, and Japanese internment
Many textbooks mention the Trail of Tears, but fail to mention that this early displacement of an ethnic minority is only the one of many legally-sanctioned forced relocations. This lesson will address the displacement of American Indians through the Trail of Tears, the forced deportation of Mexican Americans during the Great Depression, and the internment of Japanese American citizens during WWII.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Patricia Camp.
Civil rights wax museum project
In this lesson plan, students will choose African Americans prominent in the Civil Rights Movement and research aspects of their lives. They will create timelines of their subjects' lives and a speech about their subjects, emphasizing why they are remembered today.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Sabrina Lewandowski.
Story shackles: Linking students to written text
Chain your students to reading a given text critically! Story Shackles is an imaginative and stimulating way for students to acquire the ability to retell events of a story or text, sequence the action or happenings in a story, or to simply summarize the plot, main ideas with supporting details, or general information of a story or text.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
By Kim Rector.
Interpreting a short story
Students will study the literary genre of the short story and examine how, through writing, an author can comment directly/indirectly on our society as a whole. Hopefully, the students will develop an awareness of the problems/concerns facing our society and an appreciation of how a skilled writer can mirror society's ills and sometimes offer solutions for the problems that plague us.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts)
By Regina Johnson.
Dance of the times: African-American expression of jazz
Explore jazz dance as a social dance form and a uniquely expressive art of African-American culture from the 1920's and 1930's. Students will learn about the complexity of African-American experiences that generated the dance and musical style. The activities develop students' understanding of jazz dance while integrating visual, audio, and kinesthetic learning styles.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Dance Arts Education)
By Shelese Douglas.
America's first people
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.2
These activities, designed to accompany "First Peoples" and "The Mystery of the First Americans," will enable students to explore the origins of human populations in North America.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Power sharing and the Lord Proprietors of North Carolina
This lesson examines the essential question: How did government instability under the Lord Proprietors effect the development of North Carolina? The lesson has been modified for novice low English language learners.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Pamela Glover and Laura Packer.
How do I look to you?
In this lesson, students will evaluate public service posters and a grooming pamphlet to determine if and how propaganda was used to improve the health of children, and define acceptable appearances for young women in the 1930s.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
By Loretta Wilson.
Back to the future!
In this lesson plan, students research the history of an important invention and present what they've learned through an annotated timeline, historical fiction journal accounts, and VoiceThread technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 8 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Diane Ruby.
See how they run!: The 100 meter dash
Middle level students will collect times as they run the 100 meter dash. These times will be depicted through various graphic representations (bar, circle, histogram). Times will be compared to current world records for the 100 meters. Students will decide which Math class ran fastest and support that choice in short essay form. They will also try to determine the faster gender based on the data collected.

This lesson plan is a unit filled with related lesson plans. One or two parts of this project could be completed as a stand-alone lesson, or the entire set of activities and extensions could be completed for an involved, integrated unit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Holly Smith.
Fueling the future: Evaluating the sustainability of biofuels
In recent years, there has been a surge in the interest of the manufacturing of biofuels as a replacement for fossil fuels in automobiles. This lesson plan for grades 9-12 requires students to consider the impact and sustainability of using biofuels on the economy, the environment, and society.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Dana Haine.
Evaluating woody biomass options for North Carolina's electricity future
In this high-school lesson, students learn about the pros and cons of co-firing woody biomass fuels with coal to produce electricity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies)
By Dana Haine.
Heaven or Groundhog Day?
This unit is designed to appeal to adolescents with its non-print text base, the movie Groundhog Day. The pre-viewing activities prepare students for the allusions in the movie and include cultural literacy. The teacher can pick and choose from the activities to apply the concept of personal growth. The teacher may select from activities for science, workplace ethics, music, computer competency, and English language arts. The teacher may modify any of the attachments to suit the students' needs and interests.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By David Melton and Julia Millush.

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This seventh lesson in the Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs curriculum from NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program, which is written by Margaret “Peggy” Koenig, illustrates the ways that our actions can affect the health of coral reefs, directly and... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: NOAA Coral Reef Watch
Broken worlds
In this ARTSEDGE lesson, students explore the similarities and differences between Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Students will:... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Theater Arts Education)
Provided by: ArtsEdge
Phytoplankton and ocean color
In this third lesson in the Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs curriculum from NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program, which is written by Margaret “Peggy” Koenig, students will identify the function of phytoplankton in the biosphere by conducting experiments... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
Provided by: NOAA Coral Reef Watch