CRAs for Classroom Use

Subjects:
Independent Study, Mathematics, Algebra I, Algebra II
CRA Description:
A Universal Product Code (UPC) is found on most items you buy. The code is given as a bar code for instantaneous machine reading. But if the machine reader fails, then the code may be entered by a human being as a string of 11 digits followed by one more digit, called the “check digit” number. These 11 digits along with the check digit are found just below the bar code itself.
Subjects:
Independent Study, Cross-disciplinary, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to access, evaluate, and make use of credible, appropriate websites and other internet resources for the purpose of targeted research. Using rubrics and guidelines, students will identify, collaboratively discuss, prioritize, and then defend web resources that will support their arguments and meet the criteria for credibility, validity, and reliability.
Subjects:
Independent Study, English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to listen to, analyze, evaluate, and respond to claims and counterclaims made by the opposing side in a debate. Students will participate in a debate in which they must explain, support, and defend the claims or actions of a literary or political figure. They will practice using rhetorical devices in their arguments and counterarguments.
Subjects:
Independent Study, Cross-disciplinary, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to navigate and use textbooks at a college level. Final Product: Students will write a 2-page analysis of the textbook used in the exercise. They will analyze the textbook’s organization and its methods of presenting information, as well as discuss strategies a reader might use to comprehend and remember material from this text.
Subjects:
Independent Study, Science, Physics
CRA Description:
Students will examine some simple plots of a person sliding down a snow-covered hill on a sled and relate this to the riderʼs speed and position along the route.
Subjects:
Independent Study, English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This assignment will guide the students to become more expert readers by asking them to actively interrogate a text. Students will analyze a passage by breaking it down into its component parts, looking at how each part functions in the overall performance of that text. The goal of this assignment is for good questioning to become common practice in the classroom.
Subjects:
Independent Study, Science, Physics
CRA Description:
Students will be presented with graphical representations of kinematic motion and they will be asked to use these graphs to come up with other quantities that might be useful. Students will build on the ideas of position, velocity, time and acceleration and be able to come up and use the basic understanding of calculus to relate the quantities.
Subjects:
Independent Study, Social Studies, US History
CRA Description:
The civil rights movement taught Americans that activism could result in social change. Both the Free Speech Movement and the Anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s built on the lessons of the civil rights movement.
Subjects:
Independent Study, English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to identify and analyze the audience, purpose, and message of persuasive texts and to analyze those texts in light of their rhetorical situations.
Subjects:
Independent Study, English Language Arts
CRA Description:
This 3-part unit helps students to understand and practice the complex processes of reading, understanding, analyzing, and writing about speeches addressed to specific audiences at specific times.