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Help to educate your ESL students about World Suicide Prevention Day with this series of activities. Matching key phrases, completing CLOZE paragraphs, and choosing appropriate words based on context clues are just a few of the many ways for students to practice their English skills and to learn more about preventing suicide in society.
Suicide is a real issue in many teens' lives. Help your upper graders cope, help, and help their friends when thoughts of suicide arise. They discuss the topic as a class, complete a worksheet, and learn what to do if someone they (or they themselves) feel suicidal. This is a highly sensitive topic and may require parental consent prior to teaching. This lesson also puts a lot of emphasis in peers helping peers. The best help is professional help.
This discussion based lesson focuses on the sensitive topic of suicide attacks or bombings used throughout history during times of militaristic upheaval. Learners read news stories, compose journal entries, and engage in a class discussion to better understand the topic. This would be an appropriate lesson when discussing the events of 9/11 or current bombings in the Middle East.
Eighth graders research suicide and depression in teens. They are given an essential research question then create focus questions of their own before conducting their research. Using the Internet, they find answers to their questions and share their information with the rest of the class.
Trace the mental breakdown and suicide of a character in William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. After a close reading of chapter two, discussion focuses on Quentin’s watch and the symbolism of stunted times signifying the lack of success in the lives of the Copson family and in the Old South. Stream of consciousness as a narrative technique is also examined. Lesson two of the curriculum unit William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.
Students recognize that the Japanese government has made attempts to alter history textbooks to make it look like the military did not play a major role in the mass suicides during the American invasion in 1945. They review vocabulary, play games and write several paragraphs.
Students are introduced to the topics of suicide and depression. Using a worksheet, they determine where their self-esteem and self-concept comes from and how to build them up if they believe they aren't where they could be. To end the lesson, they review the warning signs of these two conditions and discuss their responsiblity to let someone know if a friend or themselves needs help.
A workshop on the teaching of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is here for you. It was designed with 6th graders in mind. The goal is to de-mystify Shakespeare by teaching it in language the 6th graders can understand. They get to act, play games, do translations, and are introduced to Shakespeare himself. An impressive series of plans!
Ever heard of CTE? A passage about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) provides the text for a reading comprehension check. The subject matter is sure to engage your readers and the questions, based on the passage, assess whether high schoolers can draw inferences, summarize the main idea, recognize tone, and other important comprehension strategies. The learning exercise could be used at the beginning of the year to assess the reading comprehension skills of your class or as a quick assessment of a new student. Detailed explanations for the answers are provided.
Free speech, privacy, and cyberbullying are the focus of a series of activities that cause class members to engage in discussions about these interrelated topics. They view a segment from PBS’s “Cyberbullying—Effects on Teens Across the Nation,” read articles about teens who committed suicide, and discuss the motivations of key players in several scenarios. A powerful topic sensitively handled.