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Using Inspiration Software, writers examine the state of Florida by visiting a list of websites and reading source materials. They write a personal narrative of an imaginary trip to Florida with the material and information they collect. Any state could easily be used, although there is a short list of resources available for Florida.
Bring the multiple cultural perspectives of a state to life in a lesson designed to challenge assumptions. Learners develop criteria to evaluate different cities, looking to find the one that should be "the heart of Florida capital." A playful element involves using "Top Secret" folders with informational texts from which the class will draw their conclusions. While this focuses on Florida, any location could be substituted to make the lesson relevant to your particular region.
Explore the discrepancies in Florida's vote counting process in 2000 and 2002 with this New York Times reading lesson. Middle schoolers study the viewpoints presented in informational text, paying attention to how word choice can formulate each argument. They then present their findings on a master timeline that synthesizes the important voting issues of today.
The New York Times article “Supreme Court, Split 5-4, Halts Florida Count in Blow to Gore” provides the opening to an assessment of the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of the 2000 presidential election. Assuming the persona of a Supreme Court judge, a presidential candidate, or a voter, class members assess the text of the ruling. Extension activities, a resource list, and links are included in this very detailed lesson.
Based in sound Educational Theory, this lesson uses art to convey the story of Ponce de Leon. Mild to moderately disabled students hear the story of the Fountain of Youth, examine a paining of Ponce de Leon, and act out a scene as Ponce de Leon. They draw their own Ponce de Leon story in comic book form showing the famous Mythology of Florida. Could be used as supplemental activities for a general ed classroom.
Meant to be used with the article, "In Florida, the Natives Are Restless" (included here), this is a great source of high-interest, nonfiction reading. A fill in the blank vocabulary activity and an activity focusing on reading comprehension are both included. This would be a great lesson to use with English language learners as well!
Students explore geography by reading a story about Florida. In this Florida vegetation lesson plan, students read the book Strawberry Girl and identify the locations in Florida that are mentioned in the book. Students identify the type of vegetation most popular in the state and create a calendar based on the plants.
Learners explore the daily life of Florida settlers. In this Florida settlers lesson plan, students research daily life in the 1800s using Second Life. Learners compare and contrast their lives today with the lives of settlers. Students will present their research using differentiated options.