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Age 12-14 - Concept 1: Semester 1

Unit 1: Revolution [SS]

  • Lesson 1: Founding of the Colonies
  • Lesson 2: Southern Colonies (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Middle and Northern Colonies (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Daily Life in the Colonies
  • Lesson 5: Town and Country
  • Lesson 6: Leading Up to Revolution (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Independence
  • Lesson 8: Fighting the War (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: A New Nation
  • Final Project: Living History (2 Days)

Unit 1: Atoms [S]

  • Lesson 1: Invisible Matter
  • Lesson 2: Atomic Structure (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Properties of Matter I
  • Lesson 4: Solid, Liquid, Gas: What's the Difference?
  • Lesson 5: Properties of Matter II (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: The Recurring (Periodic) Table of Elements (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Classifying Matter
  • Lesson 8: Final Project (3 Days)

Unit 1: Abigail Adams [LA]

  • Lesson 1: Getting to Know Abigail Adams
  • Lesson 2: John and Abigail Adams
  • Lesson 3: Unrest and War
  • Lesson 4: Continental Congress
  • Lesson 5: Remember the Ladies
  • Lesson 6: Separation
  • Lesson 7: Education
  • Lesson 8: Genre
  • Lesson 9: The Vice Presidency
  • Lesson 10: Presidential Politics
  • Lesson 11: Later Life
  • Lesson 12: Remembering Abigail Adams
  • Final Project: A One-Person Play (3 Days)

Unit 2: Civics [SS]

  • Lesson 1: The Origins of American Government
  • Lesson 2: The Constitutional Convention (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Constitution of the United States
  • Lesson 4: The Executive Branch
  • Lesson 5: The Legislative Branch
  • Lesson 6: The Judicial Branch
  • Lesson 7: State Government (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Local Government
  • Lesson 9: Citizenship (3 Days)
  • Final Project: Government Lapbook (2 Days)

Unit 2: Chemical Reactions [S]

  • Lesson 1: Atomic Theory and Chemical Formulas
  • Lesson 2: Chemistry and Patterns
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Reactions
  • Lesson 4: Combustion and Extinguishers
  • Lesson 5: Acids and Bases
  • Lesson 6: Physical and Chemical Properties, Part I (3 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Physical and Chemical Properties, Part II (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Periodic Characteristics
  • Lesson 9: Scientific Argumentation
  • Lesson 10: Synthetic or Natural?
  • Final Project: Chemistry in Action (3 Days)

Unit 2: Animal Farm [LA]

  • Lesson 1: What Is a Theme?
  • Lesson 2: Major's Dream
  • Lesson 3: The Rebellion
  • Lesson 4: Work on the Farm
  • Lesson 5: The Battle of the Cowshed
  • Lesson 6: Comrade Napoleon
  • Lesson 7: Changes on the Farm
  • Lesson 8: The End of the Rebellion
  • Lesson 9: The Battle of the Windmill
  • Lesson 10: Boxer's Fate
  • Lesson 11: The Farmers Pay a Visit
  • Final Project: Animal Farm Letter (3 Days)

Unit 3: The Antebellum West [SS]

  • Lesson 1: America in 1800
  • Lesson 2: The Early Presidents (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Beginnings of Westward Expansion
  • Lesson 4: The Louisiana Purchase (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: The War of 1812 (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: The Trail of Tears (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Border Conflict and the Mexican War
  • Lesson 8: The Gold Rush and Further Expansion
  • Lesson 9: Life in the Mid-Nineteenth Century West (2 Days)
  • Final Project: A Westward Migration Story (2 Days)

Unit 3: Energy and Matter [S]

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Energy
  • Lesson 2: Convection and Conduction (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Energy Transfers
  • Lesson 4: Electromagnetic and Sound Waves (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • Lesson 6: Energy and Machines
  • Lesson 7: Conservation
  • Lesson 8: Energy Sources and Sustainability
  • Final Project: Harnessing the Wind (3 Days)

Unit 3: Einstein Adds a New Dimension [LA]

  • Lesson 1: Expository Writing
  • Lesson 2: Descriptive Writing
  • Lesson 3: The Curies' Discoveries
  • Lesson 4: Process Writing
  • Lesson 5: Envisioning Fission
  • Lesson 6: Cause and Effect Writing
  • Lesson 7: Relativity
  • Lesson 8: Comparison and Contrast Writing
  • Lesson 9: Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Lesson 10: Problem and Solution Writing
  • Lesson 11: Citing Sources
  • Final Project: Research Paper (4 Days)

Unit 4: Antebellum America [SS]

  • Lesson 1: North and South, 1820
  • Lesson 2: The Rise of Capitalism
  • Lesson 3: Technology and Infrastructure (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Immigration and Migration
  • Lesson 5: Education and Women's Rights
  • Lesson 6: Art and Literature
  • Lesson 7: The Agrarian Economy and Slavery (3 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Building Tensions
  • Final Project: A Poster Session (2 Days)

Unit 4: Biochemistry [S]

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Biological Chemistry (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Building Blocks
  • Lesson 3: Organic and Inorganic Molecules
  • Lesson 4: Feedback (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Exposure and Feedback (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Immune Response, Part I (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Immune Response, Part II
  • Lesson 8: Intake and Health
  • Final Project: Analyzing Your Food Journal (4 Days)

Unit 4: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [LA]

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Mark Twain and the Novel (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Point of View
  • Lesson 3: What is Narrative Writing I
  • Lesson 4: What is Narrative Writing II
  • Lesson 5: Expository Writing
  • Lesson 6: The Power of Persuasion
  • Lesson 7: Persuasive Writing
  • Lesson 8: Hiding the Money
  • Lesson 9: Irony
  • Lesson 10: Figures of Speech
  • Lesson 11: Mark Twain's Influence (2 Days)
  • Lesson 12: The Movie Adaptation
  • Final Project: Cultural Biography (2 Days)

Unit 5: Civil War [SS]

  • Lesson 1: Sectional Differences (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Moving Toward War (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Start of the War (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Early Days of the War (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Wartime Strategies
  • Lesson 6: The Emancipation Proclamation
  • Lesson 7: Gettysburg and Beyond (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: The War's End (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Civil War Card Game

Unit 5: Microbiology and Cell Theory [S]

  • Lesson 1: Cell Theory
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Plant and Animal Cells
  • Lesson 3: The Structures of Eukaryotic Cells
  • Lesson 4: Protists
  • Lesson 5: Prokaryotes
  • Lesson 6: Understanding Microbes
  • Lesson 7: Specialized Cells
  • Lesson 8: Mitosis
  • Lesson 9: Biological Hazards and Infectious Disease
  • Lesson 10: On Their Shoulders
  • Final Project: Outbreak Prevention (4 Days)

Unit 5: Elijah of Buxton [LA]

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Novel (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: The Preacher
  • Lesson 3: Creating a Character
  • Lesson 4: Tone and Mood
  • Lesson 5: Colorful Language
  • Lesson 6: Symbolism
  • Lesson 7: The Importance of Education
  • Lesson 8: Transitions and Characters
  • Lesson 9: Transitions and Humor
  • Lesson 10: Allusions and Authors
  • Lesson 11: Story Reflections
  • Final Project: Personal Narrative (2 Days)