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A brief, dialogue-rich passage from Jerry Spinelli's novel Maniac Magee is accompanied by a well-written literacy assessment tool. Thematic content lends itself to age-appropriate discussions about race relations and social justice. Seven questions address main idea, supporting details, key events, inference, figurative language, and cause and effect. Paragraphs labeled with letters and sentences numbered for reference develop useful test taking skills.
Want to explore the process of writing a persuasive essay and tie it in with the upcoming elections? Class members use Venn diagrams and the hamburger model of persuasive writing to write a five-paragraph essay on elections and candidates. After they describe the candidate they believe should be elected, they participate in an election, and tally the results. Links and lesson components are included.
Develop the critical thinking and technology skills of your class members through debate. After selecting a topic, groups research the material available, and prepare for a debate on the issues. A provided Inspiration outline and a PowerPoint illustrate the closing arguments. Links to a list of debate topics, a rubric, and a detailed assignment sheet are included.
Here is an excellent set of five short lessons and activities intended to help learners not only gain an understand of current issues in Africa, but build critical thinking, synthesis, analysis, expository writing, research, and evaluation skills. Each lesson plan focuses on one of the following topics: women in Zimbabwe, agriculture, economy, education, racial issues, and land redistribution.
Explore the fables of today along with Aesop's ancient fables. Learners will understand the structure of a fable, critically think about the fable's message, and create a lesson that they would like to teach through a fable. Suggested fables are included along with follow-up activities. There is also a rubric for writing a fable.
Get your young scientists excited about geology through the study of dinosaur tracks! They will use their power of observation to learn how tracks are made and use critical thinking strategies to suggest a scenario in which they were made. The suggested inquiry activity could be whole group or individual projects. They will be assessed on inference and sequence of events. While this lesson isn't detailed, the ideas for outcomes are very strong and highly engaging.
Students analyze several stories and poems from Spider magazine. In this analysis lesson students demonstrate through oral response, group work, and written work their comprehension of the reading. There are several activities that include reading, writing, speaking, and vocabulary. Students strengthen their critical thinking skills and practice connecting literature to real life.
After reading the provided arguments regarding FDR's implementation of the New Deal during the Depression, learners answer eight critical thinking question. They analyze each argument then pull our supporting details from the articles to substantiate their claims. The last worksheet includes two political cartoons to analyze.