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.

History vs Hollywood: Analyzing Lincoln

In this lesson, students will review two short representations of the life of Abraham Lincoln — one in the recent Hollywood films, the other in a documentary — and will analyze, discuss, and think further about how history and historical figures are re-constructed through fiction, as well as the boundaries between fact and fiction in such portrayals.

What Can We Do About Gun Control Laws in the US?

In this lesson, students will brainstorm about what they can do to encourage the US government to enact stricter gun-control laws, and they will take action by engaging with the means of communication closest to them, and by getting in touch with their peers and political representatives. With what seems to be an increase in the frequency of mass shootings in the US, students have plenty of thoughts and reactions.

The Incredible Flying Human

This lesson uses amazing video of base jumpers in wingsuits as an introduction to a discussion of surface area and its relationship to aerodynamics.

From Order to Chaos: Analyze and Create “The Harlem Shake!”

In this lesson, students will analyze examples of the wildly popular Internet meme “The Harlem Shake,” they will think about the elements of order and chaos that comprise these moments of popular culture, and they will create their own “Harlem Shake” by thinking about and re-enacting structures of order and intrusions of disorder in our society.

How to Write an Op-Ed Using Pop Culture Topics

In this lesson, students will learn how to write a successful op-ed by focusing on a controversial topic in popular culture. They will research the topic thoroughly, choose a side to argue, and convey their positions in a 2-3 page op-ed.

Using Kickstarter to Launch Your Creative Project

The objective of this lesson is for students to develop creative projects that they will “pitch” to investors on Kickstarter.

Many people have used Kickstarter as a way to gain exposure and financing for projects that, otherwise, would have fallen through the cracks. Most recently, the creator of the TV show Veronica Mars posted a project to make a feature film of the TV show, and, to date, it has raised $5 million dollars of financing.