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Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 1:37 pm

Dear Educator,

The Lodi News-Sentinel and USA WEEKEND In Education have teamed up to bring you a strategically designed program of free educational materials geared toward middle-school and high-school students. The program comes complete with both Teacher and Student Guides for every Lesson Plan. It integrates Common Core State Standards and provides adaptable lessons for you to use in classrooms over a few days or several weeks. These lessons are designed to be flexible and can be used anytime during the school year, however, we’ve also included suggested tie-ins to national events that give the lessons additional relevance.

2013-14 Lesson Plans and Suggested Tie-Ins


Volunteerism – Volunteers Make a Difference

Students will explore the many ways they can impact their local community and beyond. Students will identify leadership traits they possess and how they can contribute to local volunteer organizations. This investigation will culminate in the selection of a volunteer opportunity to participate in and a personal reflection on the experience.

Tie-In: Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service on October 26, 2013

Elections – Election Extra

Students will explore the road to political office. Investigations will include qualifications to run for office, political ideologies and creating a campaign.

Tie-In: Elections in November


Multiculturalism – Rooted in Culture

Students will have multiple opportunities to explore their personal cultural identity, as well as to examine how American culture impacts how we think and act. Students will synthesize and apply the self-knowledge they gain.

Tie-Ins: Women’s History Month in January, Black History Month/Martin Luther King Jr. Day in February and the 2014 Winter Olympics in February


Financial Literacy – Accounting for your Future

Students will look into the future and identify financial priorities, set a financial goal, explore various financial tools and create action steps to help accomplish their goals.

Tie-In: Financial Literacy Month in April

Teacher Benefits:

Engaging, relevant curricula for students

Easy-to-use lessons with student and teacher editions

Aligns with Common Core State Standards

Connects school to the local community

Uses expository text

Adaptable lessons to fit your schedule

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