New Units for the 2017-2018 School Year!

New Units for the 2017-2018 School Year!

It’s nearly time to sharpen our pencils, set the alarm clock, and get back in the groove! The great news is that Teengagement has released new units for the 2017-2018 school year to engage your students with relevant, meaningful content. Read on to learn more about our five newest units.


Telling the Story

Read about the excruciating experiences of Immaculée Ilibagiza, Anne Frank, and Zlata Filipovic. Discover how telling the stories of genocide and terror serve as a source of healing and recovery. 

Essential Question: How can individual survivors and communities heal from tragedy, and what role does telling the story play in recovery?


Laughing Matters

Comedy is an integral part of American entertainment, rooted in stand-up and improvisation. Modern comedians use traditional platforms and new ones like YouTube and Netflix to impact their audience and share their point of view. Discover the physiological and psychological components and effects of laughter, a reflex that binds humans to one another

Essential Question: If laughter is a universal language, how can comedy create change and unite people?


At the Apex

How does the uneasy balance of fear and fascination impact our relationship with predators? Read about the integral role predators play in the ecosystem and their impact on the environment.

Essential Question: Why are we fascinated with predators, and how does understanding them help us to better understand ourselves?


Gamers, Geeks, and Gadgets

Explore the history of video games from their beginning at the 1940 World’s Fair to the massive multi-player online games so popular today. Readers will learn pivotal ways gaming has impacted American society, including the rising popularity of geek culture and viral phenomena.

Essential Question: How have video games and gaming trends impacted American culture, and what are the consequences of trends going viral?


Staging History

Through the success of the hit musical Hamilton’s use of hip-hop music and a diverse cast, this unit opens a discussion exploring how who tells the story can change how we understand history, especially in the context of our lives today.

Essential Question: How can telling stories from a new perspective impact our understanding of the world?


Download the entire Teengagement Portfolio featuring all of our units of study for more.

Tori Friedrich, M.Ed has a background in Curriculum and Instruction and music education. She has been writing for Teengagement for over 15 years and is passionate about engaging people through relevant, meaningful content. Outside of work, Tori enjoys music from Bach to Hamilton, and cheering on the Kansas City Royals with her husband and three young sons.