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Basic Critical Thinking Skills: Claims and Issues
A key component of critical thinking is to be able to present and support a claim. Clarify for your learners the difference between claims and issues with a 11-slide presentation. Specific examples illustrate each concept.
10th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 10 Downloads
Developing Thinking and Reasoning Skills in Primary Learners Using Detective Fiction
Students are introduced to the genre of detective fiction. Based on their reading level, they are given a different series of books to read. For each story, they are to make predictions and practice decoding messages. To end the lesson, they discuss the reasons why the character committed the crime.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 20 Views 54 Downloads
Reading the Movies: Another Approach To Teaching Critical Thinking Skills And Writing
Students explore the elements of film to analyze character, action, and the themes in the movie, "Quiz Show." The lesson plan encourages students to make personal connections and real life applications as they view the movie, critically.
11th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 38 Downloads
Comparing Themes Across Texts
Read various texts to compare the themes across each text. Learners write a journal entry describing the most beautiful scenery they've seen and use a map of the United States to locate the Sequoia National Park and Muir Woods. They then read "Saving the Redwoods" and complete written responses for the text comparing it to the poem "Stars.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 68 Downloads
Ah, Impressionism, one of the most studied genres of art. High schoolers study the works of the major French Impressionist painters: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, ToulouseLautrec, Utrillo, Pissarro, Cassatt, Morisot, and Caillebotte.
10th - 12th Languages 30 Views 93 Downloads
Silly or Sensible?
Is it silly or sensible? That's a great question, and it's the question that will drive this entire lesson. Learners with special needs and visual impairments work together to analyze verbal information. The instructor makes a statement, and they determine if the statement is silly or sensible.
1st - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
Is Gulf War Syndrome a Significant Health Issue the U.S. Government has Tried to Cover Up?
Students examine the issues surrounding Gulf War Syndrome. In groups, they analyze evidence from the war and medical information. They participate in a debate in which they support their feelings on whether the government of the United States tried to hide this issue from the Americacn public.
9th - 12th Health 6 Views 20 Downloads
Land is the Basis of All Independence
Students develop debating and analytical thinking skills. They take a position in the Back-to-Africa discussion, based upon any readings and the two opposing essays they read. In groups, they discuss an issue from two different points of view.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 46 Downloads
Inquiring Minds: Asking Effective Questions – Grade Six
Sixth graders explore the art of asking questions. In this interviewing skills instructional activity, 6th graders design questions that might have been asked by a world leader of 1 era to a world leader of another era. Students compose questions and answers that are plausible.
6th Language Arts 12 Views 42 Downloads
New Review Create Your Own Country Project
Young scholars demonstrate their knowledge of geography with this fun, collaborative social studies project. Working in small groups, students develop their very own countries, writing descriptions of their physical location, social system, economy, and culture as well as creating a map of the nation and a picture of it's flag.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Calibrating Thermometers
Engage young scientists in the upper-elementary and middle school grades with this collection of simple experiments. Whether you're teaching about heat transfer, density, or potential energy this resource has a lab for you.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson Learned: Creating a Life Reports Project
Tap into the wisdom and knowledge of older members of the community with this New York Times plan. To warm up, learners write about and discuss advice they have been given. After reading "The Life Report," an op-ed column that asks older readers to reflect on their lives, as well as reader-submitted life reports, learners complete one of four provided activities.
8th - 12th Language Arts 13 Views 194 Downloads
Students create a poster showcasing an African-American historical figure. In this Social Studies lesson, students research an important African-American historical figure for a biographical poster. Students include dates and interesting information as well as a time-line on their poster.
2nd - 5th Language Arts 6 Views 29 Downloads