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The Trial of Hamlet
In this lesson students have the chance to research courtroom procedure to try Hamlet for the murder of Polonius. Then, with some students in the roles of characters from the play, the class will conduct the trial of Shakespeare's most famous anti-hero.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts)
By Ross White.
George Washington's obituary
The following lesson will introduce students to the research process -- formulating questions, choosing resources, fact finding, and note-taking. After completing their research, they will write a short obituary for George Washington. Activities will integrate Reading, Language, Social Studies, Writing, and Computer Skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Kathy Blades.
Family story with research
Using the book, When The Legends Die and a Native American story-telling unit, students gather a family story of their own.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Eric Broer.
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Format: article/help
What are some careers in biomusicology?
In BioMusic, page 2.11
By gathering information in books, from interviews, and on the Internet, learners will identify several career possibilities in the field of biomusicology research.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Guidance and Music Education)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
Culminating activity: BRP travel brochure
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 4.6
In this culminating activity, students design a travel brochure for a tourist destination along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Format: lesson plan
By Jennifer Polidoro.
In BioMusic, page 1.8
In this lesson, students will learn about the field of biomusicology. They will investigate current scientific research and understand how researchers often must work in teams to achieve their goals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Guidance and Music Education)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
Bounce into rubber: Natural latex from Thailand
This lesson for grade nine investigates natural latex rubber sources from Thailand. Students complete research and experiments to determine which plants from Thailand are sources of latex, and explore images and audio recordings of rubber harvesting in Thailand.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 and 9 Science and Social Studies)
By Robin Bartoletti.
Teaching about slavery through newspaper advertisements
In this lesson for grades 8 and 11, students will analyze a selection of advertisements related to slavery from an 1837 newspaper in order to enhance their understanding of antebellum North Carolina, U.S. history, and the history of American slavery.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
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.
Touring the Old North State
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 6.1
In this lesson, students learn about historic sites in North Carolina and participate in an assignment in which they research and promote one historic site.
Format: lesson plan
By Andrea Stewart, Keisha Gabriel, and Patty Grant.
In The five features of effective writing, page 6
Conventions — grammar, spelling, and the like — are important to good writing, but should be taught only after the other Features of Effective Writing.
By Kathleen Cali.
The student pathfinder
By creating pathfinders, students not only learn to manage time and produce a higher quality research project, but they also develop twenty-first century learning skills.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.

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Pathfinders and Passageways: the Exploration of Canada
The history of explorers of Canada as told by the explores and those who traveled with them. Illustrated with images of actual artifacts from the expeditions. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Library of Canada
Wolfram MathWorld
This site from the makers of Mathematica provides clear and readable mathematical resources for students and educators. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Wolfram Research
Analyzing the stylistic choices of political cartoonists
Students evaluate comics and political cartoons in this lesson. After students explore an historical political cartoon as a class, they learn to identify the parts of cartoons using an interactive online comic tutorial. Then, in groups, students analyze... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Mark Twain Project
“Mark Twain Project Online applies innovative technology to more than four decades' worth of archival research by expert editors at the Mark Twain Project. texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: The Regents of the University of California
Designing museum exhibits for “The Grapes of Wrath”: A multigenre project
This lesson asks students to focus on one issue from the Depression as it applies to the novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Working alone or with a partner, students create artifacts in a variety of genres for a museum exhibit that... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 11 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Guides your students through the process of writing good lab reports. From answering questions to form a hypothesis to keeping lab notebooks and creating appropriate charts and graphs, to the step by step guide for writing the report, this is a useful tool... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: North Carolina State University
Joyce Valenza's Homepage
As a media specialist, Joyce Valenza uses a dazzling array of technologies and strategies to improve the education of all students in her school. Such an array can be more than a bit overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry. This site is easy to navigate,... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Joyce Valenza