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
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