The Economics of Chocolate

The concept of supply and demand is a key concept to understand the market economy. The relationship between supply and demands directly affects price and quantity of a good.

The objective of this lesson plan is to teach students the concept of supply and demand, as well as the effects it has on the economy.

Common Core Standards:
RST.9-10.10. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 910 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
RST.11-12.8. Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information
RST.11-12.9. Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

The President of Social Media

The objective of this lesson is for students to recognize the positive and/or negative impact that photos or statements made on social media can have on themselves and the broader community.
When Barack Obama was reelected as President of the United States of America, he tweeted and posted a photo with a caption of “Four more years.” That picture became the most liked in Facebook history and most Retweeted in Twitter history.

The Physics of Freefall: Felix Baumgartner’s Record Breaking Space-Jump

In this lesson, Felix Baumgartner’s space-jump is used to teach students about acceleration due to gravity, air resistance, and the way that those two forces combine to produce terminal velocity.
In October 2012, Felix Baumgartner dove to earth from 28,000 feet in the air and lived to tell about it. He also set five world records including highest altitude skydive and fast freefall velocity.

Writing Your Own Spoken Word

The objective of this lesson is for students to demonstrate their language arts skills and creativity by writing their own spoken word pieces.

Spoken word is a type of art that is word based and usually includes experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater, and dance. Spoken word poetry is often performed in a competitive setting known as “slam poetry.” An example of slam poetry is Def Poetry, which is an HBO series that showcased performances by established spoken word poets and up-and-coming artists.

Comparing Queens of the Past and Present

In this lesson, students compare the queens of ancient history with women who they define as queens of their generation by using Janelle Monae’s song “Q.U.E.E.N.” Students will also learn to express themselves poetically in their definitions of today’s queens.

Who Said It? Rapper or Nah?

Hip-Hop in its truest form was intended to serve as a modern day form of Rhetoric.

Rhetoric is the art of discourse, an art performed by writers and speakers to educate, persuade, or motivate an audience during the time of Aristotle in Ancient Greece. Rhetoric, Grammar and Logic, are the three ancient arts of discourse. The Emcee or Emceeing is the Hip-Hop art form that utilizes rap for these same purposes. Many cultures get their news, current events and history from music, Hip-Hop is no different.

Wisdom comes from the unlikeliest of places. Take this quiz to try and guess what mastermind delivered these valuable life lessons.

MLK and Malcolm X: The civil rights movement and the X-Men origins

The American Civil Rights movement inspired many people, including Marvel Comic’s mastermind writers Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. They have created some of the most powerful superheroes in the comic universe but did you know some of these characters were influenced by actual real life heroes in history? Lee and Kirby used the iconic civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X as the inspiration behind the characters Charles Xavier aka Professor X and Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto, the creators of the X-Men. Rather than fighting aliens and criminals, they fought against the oppression mutants faced on a daily basis in society, albeit by different methods. Much like MLK Jr. and Malcolm X, Professor X chose a non-violent approach and Magneto took more of a defensive stance against violent oppression and prejudice.

It’s presumed in comic book lore that Magneto is a villain but Stan Lee had a different perspective when he created the character. Stan Lee says about the metal warping mutant, “I did not think of Magneto as a bad guy. He was just trying to strike back at the people who were so bigoted and racist. He was trying to defend mutants, and because society was not treating them fairly, he decided to teach society a lesson. He was a danger of course, but I never thought of him as a villain.”

Even in the film adaptations of the X-Men series, Michael Fassbender who plays the role of Magento, admits the iconic figures were inspiration for their on-screen portrayals.
It came up early on in the rehearsal period and that was the path we took, says Michael Fassbender, These two brilliant minds coming together and their views arent that different on some key things. As you watch them you know that if their understanding, ability and intelligence could somehow come together it would be really special. But the split is what makes them even more interesting and tragic. The Hero Complex, LA Times