CRAs for Classroom Use

Subjects:
Social Studies, US Government
CRA Description:
In this assignment, students are asked to find information on two interest groups and to compare these groups across a variety of categories. Students will apply their conceptual knowledge of interest group functions and behaviors and produce an advisory report suggesting strategies for success for each group based on the analysis and comparison.
Subjects:
Social Studies, US Government
CRA Description:
In this assignment, students will research the topic of adolescent bullying through the lenses of victims, perpetrators, witnesses, parents, school officials, and the government. Students will examine the causes, consequences, legal actions, and results of both verbal and cyberbullying, with emphasis on US examples that have resulted in court cases or settlements.
Subjects:
Social Studies, US Government
CRA Description:
In this assignment, students will compare the demographics of their congressional district to the race or ethnicity and gender of the person who represents the district in the United States House of Representatives. Students will also compare the overall composition of the House to the demographic characteristics of the United States.
Subjects:
Social Studies, US Government
CRA Description:
It is a given in our society that a free, uncensored press is essential to preserving our democracy and enabling citizens to make informed decisions. This freedom, however, places the responsibility for discerning the truth on the shoulders of every citizen. In this assignment, students will compare how the same story or topic is reported by different types and viewpoints of media.
Subjects:
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:
Social Studies
CRA Description:
This assignment assesses studentsʼ ability to listen to, analyze, and evaluate presentations, including the evidence required to adequately support educated opinions.
Subjects:
Social Studies, US History
CRA Description:
For almost 60 years, prior to the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, the laws in the U.S. supported de jure segregation in multiple aspects of American life. Beginning with the landmark case of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, students will explore key events and significant individuals that helped create a changing perspective on civil rights and desegregation.
Subjects:
Social Studies, US Government
CRA Description:
Political parties are an essential part of political culture in the United States. The fortunes of both major political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, rise and fall over time. In this assignment, students are asked to examine data about political party affiliation overtime and extrapolate the implications for political parties in the future.
Subjects:
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:
Social Studies, US History
CRA Description:
The Japanese-American internment during World War II has long been considered a controversial reaction to another countryʼs attack on the United States. In this assignment, students will research Japanese-American internment during World War II and the Japanese American communityʼs struggles to end the internment and to fight for their rights even after the war ended.
Subjects:
Social Studies
CRA Description:
Victor Hugo once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent”. The most memorable songs are the ones that capture an unspoken truth and make people see their world in a different light.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies, US Government, US History
CRA Description:
This assignment asks students to analyze political cartoons to discern their meaning and to evaluate their use of artistic, literary, and rhetorical techniques.
Subjects:
Social Studies, US Government
CRA Description:
In this assignment, students are asked to read and view a presidential “State of the Union” speech, interpret its meaning and intent, critique the strength of the arguments, and apply their knowledge to analyze which sources of presidential power the President relied upon in each major section of the speech.
Subjects:
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:
Social Studies, US History
CRA Description:
By the end of the 19th Century, the US had become a leading industrial nation. However, many citizens claimed that our social and political growth had not kept pace. Many individuals began calling for social and political changes. These demands led to a variety of reforms that drastically altered the social, economic, and political fabric of American society.
Subjects:
Cross-disciplinary, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
CRA Description:
This activity challenges students to think about life after high school: Where do they hope to be? What do they want to be doing? More importantly, what is it going to take to get there, and what will the environment be like once they arrive?
Subjects:
Social Studies, US History
CRA Description:
Oral history is uniquely valuable because it gives students a “you are there” experience and gives life to the words in their history textbook. In this assignment, students will interview a person who lived during the Cold War.
Subjects:
Social Studies
CRA Description:
This assignment assesses studentsʼ abilities to analyze the interplay between individual environments, the communities produced by these environments, and the opportunities afforded to their inhabitants. Students will examine a poem, song, and 2 articles and then discuss the benefits, drawbacks, causes, and consequences of life in these neighborhoods.