Are We Brainwashed? The Secrets of Advertising

This lesson plan allows students to analyze the science of advertising. We do not give much thought to advertisements we see daily on television, newspapers, the Internet, or public transportation. However, advertising companies often try to be interesting, shocking and sometimes provocative in order to garner attention from the public. Controversy in advertising is not a new trend, and if the controversy is deliberate, then the intention is to be scandalous and get a point across in a direct method.

This activity provides different types of controversial advertisements for students to analyze. Students will have an opportunity to examine the role it plays in society as well as recognize the underlying message in advertisements.

Common Core Standards in this lesson include:
W.9-10.1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
W.9-10.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

The Economic Impact of Hurricane Sandy

In this lesson, students think about the economic impact of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy, learn the difference between macro- and micro-level effects of natural disasters, and allocate funds to recovery efforts following Sandy.

Save the Twinkies!

In this lesson, students will write a letter to Hostess in hopes to resume production of Twinkies and have everyone settle their differences. In November of 2012, CEO of Hostess Brands Gregory Rayburn announced that they would be closing business, which meant the end for Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, and other products. This was due to the issue that the Bakers union and Mr. Rayburn were unable to come to an agreement.

“I AM” Here for Newtown

In this lesson students will create “I AM” poems that will help them explore their feelings about the shootings that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut.

Traditionally, an I AM poem is an 18-line, three-stanza poem which students write about themselves, a real or fictitious character. These particular I AM poems include prompts that specifically address coping as well as helping the student understand how their own thoughts and lives can be supportive towards the lives of others.

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? The Art of Creating and Delivering The Perfect Joke

The objective of the lesson is for students to create and perform their own comedy segments.

Some folks have it; some don’t. What is it that gives some people the ability to deliver jokes that have entire audiences laughing hysterically? Is it the energy with which they tell the joke, or is it their magnetic personality, or it a combination of both? Ever wonder who writes the jokes for your favorite comedy show or skit? Comedians like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jerry Seinfeld didn’t just start out on their own shows but started off as stand up comedians or comedy writers.

Dear Me: Writing a Letter to the Future You

In this lesson, students put a new spin on letters that celebrities like Seth Green, Jenna Elfman, Hugh Jackman and William Shatner contributed to the book Dear Me, A Letter to My 16 Year Old Self and write letters to their future selves.

Spring Break and Beyond: A Look at Different Cultures’ Spring-Time Traditions

In this lesson, students will research spring traditions that expand beyond the American teenager’s concept of “spring break” and analyze how they represent “rebirth.” Each student will pick a tradition from a different culture to research and present her/his findings in a brief oral presentation and PowerPoint.

Food is a Drug: Are You Hooked?

In this lesson, students learn that food has a profoundly powerful effect not only on the belly but also the brain.

Alcohol: Addictive, harmful

Tobacco: Addictive, harmful

Coca-Cola, M&M’S, Doritos, and Fried Chicken: Addictive, harmful


What Kind of Mutant Are You?

Here at NuSkool, we have studied the psychology of humans and have discovered 9 sacred signs that represent the connection between mutant and human abilities we each possess. Take this quiz and discover your true self.

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