The Art of Storytelling

The objective of this lesson plan is to engage students in the art of storytelling and improve their public speaking skills.

The Art of Storytelling

The objective of this lesson plan is to engage students in the art of storytelling and improve their public speaking skills.

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Matchup of Legends: LeBron James vs. Larry Bird


Many longtime NBA fans are amazed that LeBron James is already playing in his 13th season. At first glance, that number might not seem particularly important, but consider this — Larry Bird played only 13 total seasons in his career.

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Bird, who is frequently referred to as the best small forward in history, was forced into retirement by back problems after the 1991-92 season. James, meanwhile, remains one of the best players in the NBA even though he has already played in considerably more regular season games than Bird.

As a player, James shares many qualities with Bird. Both men were terrific all-around players who filled up stat sheets in almost all statistical categories. Like Bird, James has tremendous court vision and passing skills. While Bird might have been a better long-range shooter than James, LeBron has made up for that difference with his incredible efficiency in finishing plays close to the basket.

Because he came along two decades after Bird, James has benefited from better nutrition, weight training, and travel accommodations. He also had the benefit of entering the NBA straight out of high school, whereas Bird played a full college career first. However, LeBron’s supporters also argue that he is a better athlete than Bird ever was, meaning that he was built for longevity in a way that Bird wasn’t.

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The site Land of Basketball shows that Bird and James are almost neck-and-neck in career accomplishments, with Bird holding the edge in championships and rebounds per game and LeBron carrying an advantage in MVP Awards and points per game.

Both James and Bird are among the 10 best NBA players ever, but only LeBron has a chance to add to his legacy. Even before James finishes out his career, LeBron vs. Larry is already one of the best debates in NBA history.

Eminem Vs. Shakespeare: A Poetry Lesson Part 1

The goal of this lesson is for students to engage with Shakespeare’s poetry by comparing it to the lyrics of Hip-Hop artist Eminem. Teachers can also introduce or review literary devices, rhyme scheme, meter, and poetic structure within the context of this lesson.

Are You Smarter than a 9-Year-Old? Using Caine’s Arcade to Teach Probability

In this lesson, students build their own cardboard arcade games that are fun to play and allow them to compare and contrast theoretical and experimental probability. They learn to understand that probability is a chance event between 0 and 1, explore the concept of approximate probability, find the probability of compound events, decide if a specified model is consistent with results, and analyze strategies using probability concepts.

Battle of the Dreams

In this lesson, students critically examine Hip-Hop songs that sample Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and determine their potential to inspire today’s youth to take up Dr. King’s quest for racial and social justice.

The Art of Graffiti: Creating Your Own Album Artwork

The objective of this lesson is for students to design original pieces of graffiti-inspired artwork and incorporate the principles of design into their art.

Graffiti began as an art movement that focused on social and political messages and has become an established genre of artistic expression. To some, it is an art form worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions. Graffiti art has a way of reflecting an artistic identity and message without having the problematic issues of branding.

Graffiti-inspired artwork has made its way into music. Many musicians, including Led Zeppelin, The Beastie Boys, Chris Brown, and Green Day, have used graffiti-inspired artwork for their album art.