ImagineNation Matters

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ImagineNation Matters



For ImagineNation Matters 2015, we're proud to offer eighteen story modules for your consideration. Remember that you and your students can explore one, or if your time permits, two modules over the course of the winter 2015 session, which will run from January 26th through late April. Our mentors will be delighted to work with your students at whatever pace is comfortable for you.

Click here to see our PUBLIC site, where you can view many of our modules in their entirety (use the Login: guest and the password: guest)

This guest ID starts you on the Our State Government site, but to view other sites, simply click on VISIT OTHER TOURS in the upper right hand corner.

As you'll see when you sign on, each module has a welcome page, and the pages of the story are grouped into chapters, viewable along the left hand side. After the welcome page, each page will have a discussion prompt, and a space for the kids to post their responses. During the actual simulation, mentors portray the characters from the story and interact with the kids in character (each of the students has their own ID and Password and is able to log on and post).

Along the right hand side of the page, you'll see the TEACHER FUNCTIONS. You'll be able to look and see what any one of your students has posted, and you'll also be able to hide story pages that you're not yet ready to read with your students. In addition, you'll get links to supplemental teaching resources and ideas, including directions/tips for working with each module.

Our Curricular Modules for 2015


Underground Railroad

Matt hears some remarkable stories on the Underground Railroad module, which uses historical letters to convey stories of great courage and social conflict.

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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the Underground Railroad module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:

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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the Maggie's Ojibwa Story module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:




Jackson Prison

Through a letter exchange between William and his father (an incarcerated citizen), we learn about Historic Jackson Prison and its connection to the city of Jackson, and we also explore themes of social justice and repentance.

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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the Jackson Prison module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:


Arab-American Odyssey

Ihsan moves to a new school and struggles to fit in and define himself, while his new friend Johnny learns about Arab culture and has his courage tested.

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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the Arab-American Odyssey module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:



Brass Bands of the Past

Travel back in time to meet William Cole and feel the excitement when Welton's Saxhorn Band comes to town in a day before TV, CDs, iPods...or even radios!!

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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the Brass Bands of the Past module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:



Student/Athletes at the U of M

A team of future teachers & media specialists worked with several U of M varsity athletes to create this module which goes beyond the glory of the athletic field to explore the complex lives of student-athletes who balance demanding practice and travel schedules with their academic work.

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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the Student/Athletes at the U of M module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:



Danny's Camp Adventure

Danny is a reluctant camper who *thinks* that he has no interest in the natural world, but he's in for some marvelous surprises. Join Danny as learns a lot about nature and the outdoors...and about himself!

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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the DANNY'S CAMP ADVENTURE module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:



A Healthy Home Run

Jacoby has a lot to learn about healthy habits, and he discovers that changing eating and exercise habits isn't easy. Does Jacoby have what it takes to make some important changes in his life?

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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the Healthy Home Run module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:


On the Move: A Midwestside Story

Maria is a migrant worker who is coming to a new school...again! Tommy doesn't understand Maria's accent, and doesn't seem to be interested in getting to know her. Read about how they become friends...and learn some Spanish as you do!


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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the ON THE MOVE module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:


Difficult Choices: Molly and the Environment

Thanks to her big sister, Molly learns a lot about how important wetlands are to sustaining our environment. Now she has to help make the case that destroying a wetland--even to expand the school--isn't the best idea. Molly finds her courage in this exciting story.


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Here's a summary of the story and major themes of the DIFFICULT CHOICES module, along with GLCE benchmark connections:




The Land: Ever-Changing and Forever

The land is brought to life through a series of dramatic stories that illustrate aspects of life among the Ottawa People and that dramatize stories of wolves.

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Our State Government

We're very excited about this module, in which fourth graders respond to problems at school by creating a government for their grade. Along the way, Garrett and his friends learn a lot about civic involvement and about how state government works.


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Great Lakes

Our Great Lakes are amazing resources that enrich our lives in many ways. Come along as Tyler learns about all of the work done by scientists to protect these marvelous waterways.

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Mackinac Island

Two kids take a magical journey through the history of Michigan's Mackinac Island in this module, which explores themes related to nature, transportation and tourism.

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This Green State

Eric's science project gives him the opportunity to explore whether cars and the environment can co-exist harmoniously, and we look at themes of conflict resolution both in life and in the classroom.

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Edmund Fitzgerald

This module explores the story of the great freighter called the Edmund Fitzgerald, and as we revisit the events of the fateful night in 1975 when the big ship went down, we discuss what a cargo freighter does, along with themes of tragedy and remembrance and problem-solving.

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Searching for Solidarity: Joey's Story

One of the most important events in labor history took place in 1937 when, at great personal risk, workers occupied an auto plant to assert their rights to safe working conditions. Come and learn about the dangers faced by the men and their families as they ultimately won the battle that made the United Auto Workers union a reality.


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Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Natural Resources in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Students travel to the Ottawa National Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to learn about the richness of our State's natural resources and to think together about the complicated matter of responsibly caring for our environment.

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