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Young scholars practice speaking with emotion. In this speaking skills lesson, students listen to an example dialogue using emotion. Young scholars then practice dialogues incorporating strong emotion. Students write a dialogue with emotion in the word choice and watch an online video of how accents effect the delivery of emotion.
Eleventh graders read the short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper" before researching women's issues that were prevalent during the twentieth century. They look for connections between women's issues and mental health issues, and discuss these topics. Finally, they write a persuasive essay about society's attitudes as they contribute to mental illness.
What is obesity and what are some steps that can help? Investigate obesity by having your class read and discuss articles about obesity. Students gain knowledge about body mass index, the food pyramid, being overweight and dieting. They will also discuss how the media portrays food to kids and make a list of healthy foods and unhealthy foods in grocery store ads. Great health activity!
Students determine the different kinds of air pollution. They investigate health concerns that are caused by breathing polluted air, and make a time capsule of items that are of environmental concern. Finally, they attempt to write solutions to problems that are brought about by air pollution and to launch a S.O.A.P. campaign.
Students examine the science of drug addition. In this health related activity, students take a pre-assessment about drug addiction, then read and discuss an article about how some drugs affect the brain to cause addition. They will post-assess their knowledge. The website is available to download the article.
Students read Patrick Henry's speech. They review prior learning about persuasive writing, and the American revolutionary war. Students listen as the teacher reads Patrick Henry's speech aloud to the class using lots of emotion and gestures. Students take notes on what makes this speech persuasive. The class discusses the main points of Henry's argument.
Students explore alcohol use. In this health journalism instructional activity, students read the USA Today article titled "Girls are Drinking Like Boys", respond to discussion questions regarding the article, and complete an activity based on the content of the article.
Students examine tobacco advertisements. In this smoking advertisements lesson, students read old magazine or newspaper ads to determine their purpose and influence. Students also discuss how to make responsible health decisions and create mock posters to advertise the benefits of not smoking.