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  Free Research Classroom Lesson Plans February 2010
Black History Month, Presidents & More
Welcome to the new issue of ProQuest Teachable Moments. This month, you'll find 21st-century, standards-linked lessons focusing on Library Lovers Month, the Tea Party Movement, eBooks, Dubai Tower, Olympic Winter Games, and more. (Lesson archives.)

Library Lovers Month: Free Poster (PDF)

SIRS Discoverer Lesson Plan
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Presidents—Best and Worst?

Presidents Day is a federal holiday celebrated each February. In 1968, legislation was enacted that affected several federal holidays. One of these was Washington's Birthday on February 22nd, and Lincoln's Birthday on February 12th.

Assign researchers to select a best and worst President since 1900. How did this President's policies and actions make life better or worse for Americans?

eLibrary Lesson Plan
Tea Party Movement

The Tea Party movement is a large confederation of American activists who are generally defined by what they are against.

Allegedly some believe that big government, big business, and big media may be merging to form self-serving oligarchy—with bloated government and unsustainable deficits, high taxes, and intrusive regulation following suit.

ProQuest has created a BookCart learning activity for students to form their own opinions, and learn more about the Tea Party movement. How has the movement influenced public opinion now; and how might it continue to influence the candidates and issues of the November mid-term elections?

Answer these questions with the all-new eLibrary (details).

eLibrary Science Lesson Plan
  eLibrary Science
Burj Khalifa (Dubai) Tower

On January 4, Dubai celebrated the completion of what is now, and is likely to remain for some time, the tallest building on the planet and its last-minute name change. What was supposed to be called Burj Dubai (burj means "tower" in Arabic) rises to 2,717 feet above a series of rounded, bronzed setbacks.

It took five years to complete and cost $1.5 billion. At the opening, it was renamed Burj Khalifa, in honor of Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the president of Abu Dhabi—which gave Dubai a $10 billion loan a few weeks ago to help head off the country's financial collapse.

ProQuest has created a BookCart lesson to help students learn more about "Modern Engineering Marvels."

SIRS Decades
We Shall Overcome

Black history is American History that mirrors other minority groups such as Latinos and recent immigrants who experienced, and are still experiencing, unequal rights. The early history of African Americans' struggle for equality starts after their emancipation from slavery by President Lincoln during the Civil War.

The election of President Obama signals a dramatic and symbolic change in the attitude of white Americans toward African Americans. But, significant gaps in economic and social equality still remain.

Today's students can use SIRS Decades to better understand the laws and other obstacles created in the 20th century that severely retarded progress for African Americans.
SIRS Leading Issues Activity
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African American Issues

February is Black History Month. February is also American History Month. Black history, in a large measure, is American history. The African American struggle for equality is similar in many ways to the struggle for rights of all minorities such as Native Americans, women, and the disabled. All these struggles for rights share common issues and strategies for reform even to the present day.

SIRS Leading Issues provides a variety of topics that affect most African Americans directly. These issues will need additional work, cooperation, legislation, and funding in the future to level the playing field of opportunity for African Americans, as well as other minorities.
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From Paper to Pixels?

February is Library Lovers Month. For a decade, consumers mostly ignored electronic book devices, which were often hard to use and offered few popular items to read. But, now in part because of the popularity of the wireless Kindle device from, the eBook revolution has started to take hold. What do the new eReaders offer consumers and students that make a compelling reason for a reading revolution?

Students: What are three new features of electronic books that make them preferable to print versions? How can electronic books be used to improve education? What other improvements would you like to see made in electronic books and why?

eLibrary Elementary Lesson Plan
  eLibrary Elementary
Presidents Day & Barack Obama

Presidents Day is a federal holiday celebrated each February. Black History Month is also celebrated. Barack Obama, the first African American President in our history, took office in January 2009.

During the first year of his presidency, he has been in charge of addressing more serious problems in this country and world than, some say, any other President in history.

How much do students know about the life and experience of President Obama that prepared him to be President and address these major challenges? eLibrary Elementary sheds light on the subject.

eLibrary Curriculum Edition
An eBooks Revolution

February is Library Lovers Month. But, could book lovers finally be willing to switch from paper to pixels? For a decade, consumers mostly ignored electronic book devices, which were often hard to use and offered few popular items to read. But now, in part because of the popularity of the wireless Kindle device from, the eBook revolution has started to take hold.

ProQuest has created a BookCart learning activity (details) for students to learn more about this topic, "Electronic Books--From Paper to Pixels." Each model Cart we provide is a complete, one-stop learning activity for researchers.
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Haiti: CultureGrams in Focus 
Download the 2010 Haiti Country Report from CultureGrams, available for open access for a limited time. CultureGrams is here to researchers learn more about Haiti.

What is it like to live in this country? What unique challenges lie ahead as its populace recovers from the recent series of earthquakes?

View our full 2010 Haiti country report (PDF open access) then watch a short slideshow of "Haiti Before the Quake."

2010 Olympic Winter Games

The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from February 12-28. To coincide with this event, have students explore and familiarize themselves with the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Introduce the activity by discussing the concept of the Olympic Games. Spend some time discussing what qualities and conditions a city, province, or country must meet in order to be chosen to host the Olympic Games.

Separate students into groups and have each group read through the Provinces Edition British Columbia report.

Pay particular attention to the sections that describe the factors that make it a good choice for the Winter Games (e.g., the Climate and Geography sections) as well as British Columbia's unique cultural and historical aspects (e.g., the Cultural Burst and Totem Poles sections) that might play a role during the Vancouver Olympic Games.

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World Conflicts Today
Can Celebrities Help Solve World Problems?

On the red carpet of this year's 2010 Golden Globe Awards show, many celebrities were eager to draw attention to the plight of Haitians, who only days before had been devastated by a catastrophic earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people and left many more injured or homeless.

Some stars offered impassioned pleas for the world to intervene in the crisis. Some wore ribbons to show their support for the victims. Still others, such as George Clooney and James Cameron, pledged financial contributions and committed to helping raise additional funds.

Assign students to find out what well-known celebrities have done in recent years, or are doing now, to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. They should look into the efforts of George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Mia Farrow, Richard Branson, Don Cheadle, and others.

Explore more timely, history-related themes inside Retroview and History Happenings, ProQuest's hands-on social studies email newsletters.

Spotlights & Challenge Quests
A commemoration of the historical, cultural, and contemporary roles of African Americans, Black History Month aspires to educate the nation on topics significant to the African-American experience.

SIRS Discover and SIRS Knowledge Source profile renowned African Americans of both past and present and reflect on African-American history and culture in this month's Spotlight of the Month.

The Boy Scouts was founded by American businessman William Boyce on February 8, 1910, and celebrates its centennial in 2010.

SIRS asks: How did Boy Scouts contribute to the war effort during World War I?

ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Black History—Struggle for Rights

Each year, students and all Americans have an opportunity to discover more about African Americans and their ascent from slavery. Their struggle for equal rights and treatment is similar to other minorities in America, but with one major difference—no other minority group came to America against their will, and as slaves.

The essential strength provided through family ties was eroded when slaves were bought, sold, and separated. Denied education and the right to vote also stunted any major progress that was available to other minorities.

The sharing of information and reasoned conclusions from student research with their peers is a standards-based strategy for increasing 21st-century skills.

Reports should focus on major events and situations that characterized African American progress from slavery through the early 20th century.

Often students don't understand how the history of these events and situations were caused by racial prejudice that still exists today. Many of these events and situations are highlighted in Historical Newspapers Topics collections.

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