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What is it like to be the first person in your family to attend a four-year college? Learners interview a first-generation college student and write a biographical essay. They read a case study, develop interview questions, conduct an interview, then use gathered information to write their papers.
Learners watch a varietry of films showing college life. In groups, they take different scenerios from the films and determine how they would have reacted. As a class, they discuss more in depth the issues they might face in college. To end the lesson, they research the life and works of Spike Lee and John Singleton.
Introducing herself as "a discouraged professor of English education," Alleen Pace Nilsen elaborates on the prominence of incorrect spelling in education today. She laments the overuse of spellcheck (and substituting the wrong words), the lack of school spelling bees, and the differences between a phonemic and morphonemic spelling system. The slide show could work in a speech class, a language class, or even as a plea to students to watch their spelling. It is long and text-intensive.
This New York Times "Learning Network" activity poses 11 questions on an article and video about commercial branding and marketing on college campuses. The related article, "On the Market: Thinking Critically About Advertising", is available through a link to The New York Time website. This topic may be engaging for high schoolers and serve as a formative assessment on reading comprehension of informational text.
To grasp what life was like in the 1920's, middle schoolers research and role-play. Intended as a follow-up activity to a lecture on the 1920's, learners will journal, view a PowerPoint, role-play, and reflect on what they've learned. Use this activity in a history lesson or before starting a novel unit.
A thorough commentary on blood type is presented in this handout. Antigens and antibodies are defined. Punnett squares and a pedigree chart help to clarify. Human biology or genetics learners then apply their knowledge to two situations: two newborn baby girls being possibly switched in the hospital and a crime scene investigation. This is an engaging activity that ends with a lab activity simulating the blood typing and identification of the perpetrator.
Choosing which college or university to attend after high school is a huge decision. Prepare your upper classmen with a research-based activity which has them comparing various educational options. There are four unique activities for comparing colleges, tuition, ranking, and considering a potential major. A wonderful set of activities sure to prepare your young adults for college life.