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Fourth graders write an informative letter to their chosen side of the French and Indian War. This lesson should help students understand the importance and the effects of the French and Indian War - which is a somewhat "forgotten war" in our nation's history. A well-devised rubric to score student's writing is embedded at the end of the lesson.
Bonjour! Comment ça-va? Introduce your language learners to French by playing the song "Parce Qu'on Vient de Loin." They attempt to describe what the song says and learn some basic French greetings like bonjour, au revoir, je m'appelle, and enchanté. There's a fun game included that has learners sit in a circle after they've been assigned one of the target greetings. A leader says one of the greetings at random, and all of the kids assigned to that greeting must get up and change chairs with their classmates.
High schoolers are introduced to the French language. Individually, they are given an index card in which they fill out their information and then introduce themselves to their classmates using key phrases. They also identify their family members and what types of housing they reside in. In groups, they review the numbers and the alphabet.
This is a solid introduction to the European Union and the debt crisis of the late 2000s through 2012. Class members watch a PowerPoint, take notes, read passages, answer questions, and work in groups to write a fable that illustrates a lesson about the financial crisis. This resource provides excellent handouts, with clear instructions for the fable as well as a rubric.
As part of the study of WWII and the Holocaust, class members read a series of diary entries written by children during the onslaught of Nazi occupation. Each entry is accompanied by biographical information and discussion questions. The tone of the entries becomes more and more terrifying as the persecution progresses.
Healthcare varies from one country to the next. Introduce your high schoolers to the healthcare system in France and some of the vocabulary words used to describe one's health. There are several activities detailed in these pages. You could play "Simon Says" with your class, practice the dialogue provided, or create voodoo-like dolls to practice identifying the correct illness according to location. Since sewing an actual voodoo doll is probably not a possibility (as the lesson plan suggests), use paper forms instead.
Oh la la! J'ai mal à la tête! Teach your Francophones different body parts by setting up your classroom like a doctor's office. Instead of having a doll, as suggested, consider having each class member draw a card at the beginning of class with different vocabulary terms (there could be more than one card for different body parts). Then, pantomime different ailments and have kids stand up or raise their cards when they hear their body part called. Step-by-step instructions are included here.
Fifth graders conduct research. They explore how to give an oral presentation with visual aids. Students have the opportunity to create a proposal which could help alleviate world hunger. They brainstorm different ways children could help fight hunger throughout the world. Students have the opportunity to try an informal presentation with their small group.
After reading "The Senegalese Miracle" about the degree of sharing the author encounters upon arrival in Africa, class members read Mike Tidwell’s “Sharing in Africa” and compare the two stories. This cultural diversity instructional activity concludes with writers crafting a brief narrative about something in their own culture that seems remarkable.
Students analyze different perspectives of the history of the Holocaust. They experience primary and secondary sources along with pieces from literature, documentaries, songs and letters. A commitment of honor and dedication is expressed through the thoughts and feelings experienced by the survivors of the Holocaust viewed in this lesson plan.
Every good novel needs a solid beginning! Setting the stage can have your budding authors stumped, so use this lesson to get them thinking. After examining the plot rollercoaster image (included) they consider the four places their story could start: beginning, inciting incident, middle, and end. A fun aspect to this lesson is having groups secretly write beginnings to a familiar story from one of these four points. After reading them aloud, the class guesses which beginning they wrote. Writers complete a worksheet applying these ideas to their own novels.
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process instructional activity, which includes a fantastic novel revision worksheet packet. Learners have read a partner's story draft the night before, and groups have a "lightning round of praise" giving compliments about the novel they read. Then, writers let their inner editors out by first coming up with goals for their finished piece. By working through the packet, they come up with stylistic and content-related revisions, leaving the grammar edits for later. Finally, release the eager editors upon their drafts to revise, revise, revise!
Learn about the diversity of the culture of Lebanon through this series of cross-curricular lessons. Compare and contrast various cultures through activities and readings. An introduction to the culture of Lebanon is included along with explanations of food, religion, and recreation. Learners will be able to compare their own culture to that of an Arab culture.
Students examine the remarkable degree of sharing that the author encounters upon arrival in Africa. They reflect on the enduring understanding, "Attitudes toward sharing differ among different cultures." The respond in their journals to the following prompts: * What do you think the author wanted her readers to be thinking about? * What is Kaldi's most important point?
Eleventh graders investigate how Hitler was able to harness Germany. In this World War II lesson, 11th graders conduct primary and secondary source research to determine how Hitler used the Great Depression, charisma, scapegoats, and the Treaty of Versailles to take power of the country. Articles and Web links are provided with this lesson.