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Pupils are introduced to authors and discover they are real people. Using the author's stories, they are incouraged to write their own stories using technology. Using the internet, they research facts, ideas and stories and develop a way to share their story in an interesting way.
Students chose a novel which includes social criticism to read. After reading the book, they use the internet to research the issue in the novel and work with others to develop a presentation. In their presentation, they identify the problem and identify possible solutions.
Students decide what is important in a community and explore their particular community. In class, the students will discuss what each considers important in a community. Each student will identify something about their town that is important to them (business, park, public service, etc).
What do Columbus, Aeneas, Scarlet O’Hara, and Frederick Douglass have in common? How can a hero in one age be a villain in another? Does heroism depend on the context of time and place? Are there traits that all heroes share? After a consideration of these and other questions, class members create their own heroic character. To bring their hero to life, pupils choose from of menu of presentation options. From guided visualizations to online research, the whole class and small group activities in this richly detailed resource guide young writers through the process of creating their own hero.
Problem solving comes in all shapes and sizes. Small groups rotate through several stations, where they use technological tools, such as cameras and desk top publishing to create a product that shows multiple aspects that comprise their community. Projects include an electronic poster, flyer, newsletter, or documentary style film.
Your 11th and 12th graders are ready to critique society! Channel that inclination by studying a novel that offers social criticism of other eras (book recommendations included). This resource presents a well-thought-out overview of such a unit, incorporating technology (online group collaboration, multimedia presentations, etc.), guidelines for class discussion, and more. However, it is a generalized plan, so you'll need to hash out the details of how to make it work best for your class. Contemporary novels are suggested to extend the unit.
High schoolers read an article that highlights the many reasons that knowing how to utilize libraries, and find the many resources in them, is still a very important skill. Groups of students highlight the pro-library arguments in the article, then get together to share the parts that each group chose to feature. After this activity, individuals fill out a worksheet, also embedded in the plan, that has them give themselves a score in the ways that they are able to use the library as a learning resource.
How can news coverage be made more accessible for teens? Model for your class how to use technology to annotate news stories containing unfamiliar references that hinder their interest in and understanding of a news story. Use the provided link to a New York Times article or select one of your own and have class members identify the unfamiliar references. Assign each group a different reference, have them research the reference, and then add their notes to the original document. Complete directions for how to use publishing tools and hyperlinks are provided.
Students determine water level tidal predictions for a given place for the next month, current status of the area and the local weather. Links are provided for the information. Students answer questions based on the information found, then determine whether given animals would survive in the intertidal zone and which part, explaining their reasoning. Students produce a field guide as an assessment.
Honor your loved ones with hand written poetry. Start by brainstorming memories to create rhyming couplets. After preparing a final written draft, word process the poems and create a class PowerPoint presentation of pictures which will accompany the recitation of the poems at a Night of Honor for their special guests.
Play this presentation to help prevent plagiarism. Starting off with a definition, the resource includes a wealth of information about plagiarism as well as multiple examples. It is a long slide show, so you might want to choose your favorite slides to show to the class.
Pupils simulate the characters and plot from the classic children's book Charlotte's Web. After reading the book and viewing scenes from the movie, the class creates their own production of this well-loved tale. Tip: Record the play so everyone can watch it in its entirety.
Students examine the attributes of a chosen community. In this community activity, students use technology tools to research information about their chosen community. They document the research before creating a final product which can be a story book, a newsletter, an electronic presentation, short video, or a poster.
ELLs are introduced to the experiences of Filipino immigrants to the United States. As a class, they discuss the various waves of immigration to the United States and state the reasons why they would leave the Philippines. They compare timelines of Filipino and Puerto Rican immigration and consider two case studies of Filipino immigrants. To end the lesson, they research their own family's immigration story. Some materials are missing in this resource, so it will needed to be supplemented.