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Gang Life

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How does the media portray gangs, and what is their true face in society? What does gang membership really look like? While the media may tell one side, the mental and physical scars of real gang members tell a far … Continue reading


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How can young people use social media to encourage real change? How are ordinary people impacting our society through social media? In the High-Interest Article, “Social Media in Action,” students will meet some of the individuals behind projects like Humans … Continue reading

Wildlife Warriors

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How does awareness of conservation issues lead to meaningful change? In this Unit of Study, Wildlife Warriors, students examine what it takes to save the planet, and how it only takes one determined individual to generate worldwide change. The High-Interest Article, … Continue reading


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Under what circumstances is it justifiable to challenge authority? Best-selling novels and hit films like Mockingjay from the Hunger Games series, and Insurgent from the Divergent trilogy, examine the complex nature of rebellion. This unit’s High-Interest Article, “Chasing Hope,” uses these fictional accounts as an opportunity to ask,“What makes a hero?” Students … Continue reading

Animated Lessons


How do elements of animated children’s movies teach us about values and impart wisdom? Disney movies may not be as simple as they first appear. “Treasured Tales, Timeless Truths” looks at how beloved Disney tales have enchanted both children and adults while teaching … Continue reading

Wired for Success: Unit Spotlight


How can success be attained from the most unlikely of circumstances? Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are two of the most successful people in the music business, and both have transcended their humble beginnings to make millions of dollars.

King of the Monsters: Unit Spotlight


“The piercing sounds of alarms cut into the bright sunshine. People, frantic, begin running- out of buildings, into shelters, out to battle- some arming themselves with weapons to fight back. And then, utter destruction.”

Featured Unit: Personality Matters


How can discovering our personality traits help us better understand ourselves? What’s an ENFJ? You might be surprised to know that Katy Perry and hip-hop legend KRS-One share this personality type characterized by teachers and mentors. “Personality Power reveals how their … Continue reading

Featured Unit: Safety in Sports


Soccer players with life-altering concussions, softball players with broken facial bones, and basketball players with fractured knees… these injuries are common in the field of youth sports. What are the responsibilities of parents, professional organizations, and young people themselves when … Continue reading

Can You Hear Me?

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How are Deaf and Hearing cultures interdependent, and why is it important to recognize diverse cultural contributions to society?