The resources and lesson plans listed below were developed by Edmund Sass, Professor of Education, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University. They are organized by subject/topic (see index below). Anyone wishing to reproduce and use these materials for educational purposes is free to do so as long as they credit me and the web page source.
Site Index: Disability-Related, History, Language Arts, Learning, Minnesota, Human Development, Miscellaneous/Other
Disability-Related Lesson Plans and Resources
Speaking and Writing About People with Disabilities
Ideas and a worksheet I use for teaching about appropriate language (including people-first language) for speaking and writing about individuals with disabilities.
Teaching About Intellectual
Disabilities/Mental Retardation: Ideas
for Classroom Activities
Two activities, complete with handouts, that I use in my Human Development class (Education 203) to teach college students (mostly second year) about mental retardation/intellectual disabilities. I believe the activities would also be appropriate for use at the high school level, perhaps in a psychology class.
The Polio History Pages
No unit on the the history of disabilities or disease would be complete without some mention of polio, the near hysteria caused by the epidemics of the early 1950s, and the euphoria that greeted the development of the Salk vaccine. Drawing from my book, Polio's Legacy: An Oral History, this site provides excerpts from polio narratives, a polio timeline, and information about the disease, its history, and late effects.
A Polio History Quest
A set of 25 questions, complete with a printable worksheet, coinciding with the information provided within the Polio History Pages. It should be appropriate for use with grades 5 and up.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Disability
A secondary-level activity exploring disabilities issues within the context of FDR's efforts to downplay the extent of his disability from the American public.
WW II: The Other Americans
A multicultural World War II lesson plan I developed as an example for my students.
Using Commas and Semi-Colons Correctly
A high school lesson plan based on an activity I use with my college students.
Courage and Fear
A lesson plan using The Red Badge of Courage developed as an example of confluent education.
Your Emerging Theory/Philosophy of Teaching
Complete this rating scale to find out if your beliefs about learning are consistent with those of behaviorism, cognitivism, or humanism.
Minnesota History: A WebQuest
This 25-question WebQuest might make a good extension or culminating activity for your Minnesota state history unit.
The Minnesota Fish Quiz
Not a lesson plan, but this interactive, online quiz is a fun way to learn about Minnesota fish species and may be just what you need to motivate the outdoors-types in your classroom this spring.
Where in the World Is the Northwest Angle?
A brief lesson plan in which students learn about the Northwest Angle's location, history, and people.
Would this lake have been the ultimate fishing spot? Read this hypertext essay and decide for yourself. See the Lesson Plan and Worksheet developed for use with this essay.
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