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Seventh graders research the lives of Olympic athletes. In this global studies lesson, 7th graders research the live of selected athletes from around the world. Students write biographies that use MLA formatting to cite their sources. Students also gather facts regarding the nations that the athletes hail from.
In this biography/autobiography instructional activity, students read a few biographies and discuss the term and it's characteristics. Students then brainstorm what makes a good biography/autobiography and create an 'All about me' poster. Suggested items in this instructional activity are linked to scholastic for purchase.
Investigate biographies with your class. Compare autobiographies and biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr. as an example. Learners explore the factual components that make up a biography and locate several biographies of notable Americans in their school library. Introduce this important genre to your pupils!
Fifth graders read an autobiography. In this sequencing lesson, 5th graders learn the importance of putting events in chronological order. Students read about Rosa Park's and discuss the difficulty one may have when following a story with flashbacks. Students then complete a research project using the concept of chronological order.
The most valuable part of this lesson is the instructions to "Vocabulary Baseball," which can be applied to any vocabulary or key terms list. The game uses word boxes and the autobiography of Roberto Clemente, which the lesson describes as "a biography on the internet" but isn't available within the activity. A SMARTboard file enables multimedia use for the game, but isn't necessary for game play. This could be used as an ELD lesson for all skill levels.
Students research Earth science by conducting an experiment in class. For this ice-cap lesson, students identify what an ice cap is and create a biome using a box which measures 1 ft. x 1 ft. Students participate in an animal role-playing autobiography activity in which they write about their daily lives.
Students read a variety of biographies to gain insight on the experiences of an African-American's life. Individually, they try to determine the time period it was written and compare the event with ones that occured in their own lives. In their journals, they create a list of the contributions and achievements of African-Americans of which they read.
Students are introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography. After reading excerpts from "The Diary of Anne Frank", they discuss how two people can see the same event in different ways and write about the event in the journals from two different perspectives. To end the lesson, they create a timeline of their life and write a story of one event as a flashback.
Students study Langston Hughes's poetry, short stories, and his first autobiography. They read and appreciate the candid, honest and powerful creative masterpieces of this black genius and discuss the numerous universal themes and their subtle, underlying meanings as they highlight the tensions, the inequities, and the hope for greater opportunity.
Examine the women who contributed to the Civil Rights movement. In groups, children read excerpts of writings from Eloise Greenfield and research the women she mentions using the internet. To end the lesson, they create a timeline of events based on the information they gathered.