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An amazing, thoughtful, and introspective lesson awaits your art class. They listen to an interview with incarcerated prisoners to better understand the prison system and its effects on family life. They create collages related to the key issues and root causes of incarceration, as well as the power of oral history. They analyze the concept of a social community by discussing Chagall's "I and the Village."
Twelfth graders select and research one of these three events from the 1960's-the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement or the counter culture movement- and select songs that are associated with these events. They prepare outlines and give oral presenations about the selected events and songs. Students conduct interviews with people who lived during the 1960's and they ask them to recall the events and identify songs associated with those events.
Your secondary readers compare what they learn in Fannie Flagg's Alabama-based book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe with the experiences of elderly Alabamans that they interview. (Pairing Flagg's book with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is suggested as an extension.). Though the resource here is focused specifically on Alabama, you could find a reading that reflects life in your region and have your class interview senior citizens to compare real experiences in your area to those in the story. The whole class develops interview questions to ask. Collaborative groups then conduct interviews and produce a video presentation from their research.
Conduct original research with a social survey about television viewing time. Sixth graders take notes about television viewing and then come up with at least three hypotheses to test with their surveys. The plan calls for collaboration between the sixth and eighth graders; however, if this is not possible, the work could be completed by either grade. Informational text, note-taking pages, survey recording sheets, and conclusions record sheets are all included.
Twelfth graders conduct interviews with people who lived during the 1960s and ask them to recall the events and identify songs associated with those events. The interviewees will be asked to express their feelings about the events and songs and if their feelings have changed or remained the same over time.
Knowing how to respond to a potential employer, when getting interviewed is a need-to-know skill. Learners prepare for life in the real world by answering a few questions with the help of a job oriented website. After the research, they put their skills to work as they conduct mock interviews.
Discover journalistic techniques by having learners prepare and write their own class newspaper. They discuss the five W's of investigative journalism and conduct interviews with school figures. They utilize video technology, podcast software, and audio recordings to create a more updated version of a news broadcast.
Fourth graders research a famous person in Michigan history. They will use at least three different resources including technology to conduct their research. They then will use various forms of technology to create individual research projects and a class slide show presentation of their topics.
Second graders watch simulated interview between the teacher and a student before they interview a classmate using the form provided. Next, they complete two interviews of family members at home. They focus on the concepts of ancestors and immigration, compile the interview data upon returning to class.
In the tenth lesson of this unit, young scholars learn to categorize information as they continue researching their colonial trade. During guided practice, the teacher models how to read informational text slowly while sorting the information into short bulleted notes. Young researchers are then given the opportunity to practice these skills as they reread text on their specific colonial trade. Finally, learners return to their expert groups to share the notes they have taken with their peers. A great resource for teaching note-taking skills to your class. Note that this lesson builds on the previous two lessons in the unit, though it can be adapted for other content areas as well.