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Lesson of the Day: ‘Cauliflower and Chaos, Fractals in Every Floret’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Cauliflower and Chaos, Fractals in Every Floret’

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Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Cauliflower and Chaos, Fractals in Every Floret” by Sabrina ImblerWhen two scientists tried to recreate cauliflowers in a lab, they found themselves perplexed and mesmerized by the vegetable’s fractal structure.In this lesson, you will learn about fractal geometry and some of the ways that it appears in nature. You will closely read…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Intimate Portraits of Mexico’s Third-Gender Muxes’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Intimate Portraits of Mexico’s Third-Gender Muxes’

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Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Intimate Portraits of Mexico’s Third-Gender Muxes” by Núria López TorresIn southern Mexico, a community of the local Zapotec people has long accepted — and celebrated — gender nonconformity. In this lesson you will learn about muxes — people who are born male but who adopt roles and identities associated with women —…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Answers to Questions About the Texas Abortion Law’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Answers to Questions About the Texas Abortion Law’

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Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Answers to Questions About the Texas Abortion Law” by Roni Caryn RabinA new law that effectively bans most abortions in Texas went into effect on Sept. 1 — even though Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case decided in 1973, established a constitutional right to the procedure.In this lesson, you will learn…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Bringing Black History to Life in the Great Outdoors’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Bringing Black History to Life in the Great Outdoors’

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In the featured article, you will also see several historical terms related to slavery, such as enslaved, which is a term that refers to people who were forced to labor on plantations, and emancipated, which refers to enslaved people who became free.Additionally, the Reconstruction era was the time period immediately following the Civil War when…
Lesson of the Day: ‘I Found Myself at Band Camp’

Lesson of the Day: ‘I Found Myself at Band Camp’

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Note to our audience:Thanks to feedback from teachers, this school year we hope to occasionally publish Lessons of the Day that are more streamlined and accessible than usual. This is our second such lesson; you can find the first here. Let us know what you think.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “I Found Myself at Band Camp” by…
Over 115 Lesson Plans Based on New York Times Articles

Over 115 Lesson Plans Based on New York Times Articles

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Every school day we choose an important or interesting New York Times article to feature in our Lesson of the Day and pair it with a warm-up, critical-thinking questions and a going-further activity. The activities and questions are designed to help students understand the article, contextualize it within current and historical events, and connect it…
Lesson of the Day: ‘TikTok, the Fastest Way on Earth to Become a Food Star’

Lesson of the Day: ‘TikTok, the Fastest Way on Earth to Become a Food...

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “TikTok, the Fastest Way on Earth to Become a Food Star” by Taylor LorenzWhat does your “For You” page look like on TikTok? Do you watch mostly dance challenges, lip syncs, comedians, travel videos…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Scenes From America’s Reopening’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Scenes From America’s Reopening’

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Quotation B: Out on the FieldFans are once again seated in the grandstands that stood eerily empty last year as athletes played through the pandemic.How did the coronavirus pandemic affect your experience of sports during the past year, whether as a participant or fan? Which athletic activities are you most looking forward to?Quotation C: Breaking…
Lesson of the Day: ‘‘‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts”: The Age of Misinformation’

Lesson of the Day: ‘‘‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts”: The Age of Misinformation’

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation” by Max FisherHave you been told to think twice before sharing articles or political memes on social media? Or to use media literacy skills to…
A Lesson Plan for Learning With Our Collection of Inequality Graphs

A Lesson Plan for Learning With Our Collection of Inequality Graphs

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3. The last graph in this section (Graph O) is an image of a “You Draw It” graph that appeared in The New York Times in 2015 and addresses these two questions: How likely is it that children who grow up in very poor families go to college? How about children who grow up in…

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