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Help young researchers find credible sources online. Modeling with a Google search for information about Shakespeare’s Macbeth, use a computer projector or Smart Board to show class members how weak the top three search results are. Direct instruction then covers better resources that can be used to begin a research paper. Very technology-driven, the lesson requires computers for every student, as well as subscription databases most likely found in a library.
Note-taking is an essential study skill, and it needs to be taught! In the context of a research project on energy sources, learners find multiple sources, evaluating, paraphrasing, and citing them correctly. Two lists with note-taking guidelines are attached. Consider joining them into one presentation with more color and engagement for your class. Model research using the essential questions. Groups write a persuasive essay on a specific energy source. This will need more scaffolding for some of your learners.
Twelfth graders experience the experiential learning cycle (experience, reflection, application) through a guided group initiative. In this introduction to experiential learning lesson, 12th graders discuss experiential learning, create a life road map highlighting personal learning events. Students reflect on their experiences in a journal.
What would you put in a time capsule? What would you take with you as you head out to colonize a third planet? A reading of Mitos B. Ramirez’s article Laser: Boon or Bane leads to a discussion of how current technologies might be used in the future. Groups are then asked to imagine future events and prepare a skit to present their ideas to the class.
Young researchers travel back in time, using research to identify George Washington's skills as a national leader and family man. Pick and choose from these steps to get a solid outline for a lesson plan on primary sources and research. Scholars use the library and online resources to form an opinion about Washington, after which they write a letter to the editor explaining why he would make a good father. Consider allowing them to form the opposite opinion, too! Research links included.
Develop letter-writing skills by adapting appropriate language conventions according to context. Young authors will write standard friendly and business letters, and send a business e-mail to a state's Department of Tourism to request information. This could be made into a unit to promote communication skills.
Before you begin this lesson plan, note that it revolves around learners reading and finishing personal novels. If that's what your class is preparing to do, this is a great way to get creative and technological with literature analysis. Readers learn about theme and mood concepts in novels, and then choose a novel to read. Then, they create book trailers using the online program Animoto (linked), convincing classmates to read the novel. Use this as an opportunity to review copyright policies as students include visuals and sound in their trailers. There are no worksheets, so you may want to create a guideline. Also, it would make a good independent reading response project to present to the class.
A great idea for showing language arts pupils the universality of themes, even in the real world! Have class members choose an idea-noun (peace, justice, war, love, etc.) at the beginning of the year or semester. They complete weekly reflections on a current event article dealing with that idea-noun and attempting to answer the essential question: How does this source change/support/influence your definition of your chosen noun? Remember to cover good research practices first.
Gender roles and religious practices can be a very interesting and complex subject to teach. Luckily, you have found an excellent resource that includes links, vocabulary, and a great set of activities. Learners will discuss cultural convergence and divergence and then dive into research to find information on the gender roles of women in Jewish and Muslim communities. They use Costa's three levels of questioning to develop their own inquiry questions, which will be used to guide them as they write a short composition synthesizing what they've learned.
High schoolers get involved in a unique collaboration that enhances their knowledge of architecture and design. Develop organizer resources with others. They are engulfed into a world of architects and museum specialists to facilitate the appreciation of the demands and potential of technology.
It's tough for high schoolers to assess what is a credible resource and what is not. Here, class members research a particular topic and record two facts and create one lie while documenting the sources. They then exchange these lists of truths and lies and attempt to determine, through research, what is factual and what isn't. Also included are suggestions for adapting the lesson to lower grade levels.
Progress your learners' comprehension of universal human rights by exploring the violation of human trafficking through the experiences of Juliana Dogbadzi. This activity analyzes and discusses very sensistive and graphic issues but is nonetheless enlightening in its knowledge. It includes essential skills, vocabulary, and materials needed, and encourages young people to take a stand and defend the human rights of everyone.
A digital footprint is the trail of personal information that comes from purchasing online, tagging friends in photos, blogging, and using social media. Kids discuss what information can be tracked, privacy, and what your digital footprint can be used for or how it can impact your future. They watch a video, engage in a class discussion, learn about cookies, and fill out a worksheet. This is an important topic that is thoroughly addressed throughout the instructional activity.
Fourth graders study the role of technology in agriculture. In this agricultural technology lesson, 4th graders spend ten to twelve days studying how technology affects agriculture. Students also are made aware of different careers in the agriculture and biotechnology field.