It Gets Better: A Film Project

The It Gets Better Project was created in 2010 to show young Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LBGT) the level of happiness and positivity they can reach in their lives- if they can get through their teen years. The creation of this project was inspired due to exorbitant amount students who are taking their own lives because they were bullied and harassed at school. This movement has inspired people worldwide to create videos focusing around the message of It Gets Better- even celebrities and political figures have gotten involved including President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Colin Farrell, and Lady Gaga.

The goal of this lesson is to have the students work together to create their own It Gets Better video.

The Cost of Being Iron Man

Students will apply critical thinking and mathematical reasoning skills to develop their skills in financial capability and fluency in operations of multi-digit whole numbers and decimals using an infographic about the great Iron Man.

When History Says “C’Mon Man!”

In this lesson students will research and take the “C’MON MAN” approach at describing world issues.

ESPN uses the phrase “C’MON MAN!” to point out head scratching mistakes and odd plays that took place in sports. Within this lesson students will research a specific moment in history that was questionable, a mistake or head scratch worthy.

Each historical moment could be randomly selected or chosen based on time period being studied in class at the time.

The Slave Narrative of Django…The D is Silent

In this lesson, students create their own slave narratives by researching aspects of the film Django Unchained that both conform to and depart from the traditional characteristics of past slave narratives.

Django Unchained tells the story of a slave-turned-bounty-hunter and discusses his exploits and adventures. This lesson helps students understand the different aspects of traditional slave narratives and how such narratives are related to Django Unchained.

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.

Law & Order, Evidence, and Persuasive Essay Writing

This lesson uses scenes of closing arguments from the popular television show Law & Order to help students understand the importance of using evidence to support stances and arguments in their writing. Students then participate in mock court case to better understand the significance of using evidence to support arguments in writing.