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Young drama pupils will perform a number of expressive speaking exercises as they consider the themes of responsibility, consequences, and justice in the very modern Australian play The Stones. With a lot of role playing and improvisation, your class will explore how emotion and character are successfully created. Because many of the activities included in this plan require public speaking, it is a perfect exercise for a shy class.
Even your best readers will be challenged by this worksheet that asks learners to pick the word that best completes each sentence. An answer sheet not only identifies the correct response but also details the strategies used to determine the correct response. Great for in-class or at-home practice.
Use a fun and creative activity to introduce junior high learners to how writing changes for different audiences and purposes. The activity begins with a reading by the instructor where teens visualize a food fight in the cafeteria. In groups, they have to come up with a creative response to a provided prompt that addresses the situation read to them. They discuss the difference in language, voice, tone, and selected information provided to the principal, parents, and a friend. Strategies for differentiation are available.
Students explore, brainstorm and assess the roles they play in their community, their rights and responsibilities as citizens, as well as the impact they can have on their local communities and globally by the choices they make. They participate in a local community service project with global connections.
Provide your class with an opportunity to investigate an important historical document. Without identifying the document, distribute copies of the original Bill of Rights, as transcribed by John Beckley, Clerk of the House of Representatives. Beckley’s version was distributed to the states for ratification but some of the articles were eliminated before the Bill of Rights, as it now reads, was adopted. Armed with this background information, groups analyze specific amendments and try to persuade the class to adopt their amendment. The lesson ends with class members voting by secret ballot to ratify or reject the amendments.
What is a mother's role in American society? According to an article in a 1845 newspaper, to the mother falls the job of daily, hourly "weeding her little garden--of eradicating these odious productions (like vice, fraud, idleness) and planting the human with the lily, the rose, and the amaranth, that fadeless flower, emblem of truth." Middle schoolers examine this and other primary source documents that detail expectations of mothers during the time period. Groups then compare these descriptions to the role as it is perceived today. The richly detailed packet includes numerous activities, links to resources, and discussion questions.
Connect your class' rights and responsibilities in their personal lives to those of US citizens in this justice system instructional activity. Part of a larger introductory law unit for elementary schoolers, kids focus on the rights of minors within the court system. What rights do your learners have? Read or watch one of two books (both have YouTube links), each introducing concepts such as unions, protests, campaigning, and citizen's rights. They read a letter describing the hypothetical Jordan's predicament as a minor and watch a slide show that goes along with it.
Students explore how opportunities for civic participation expanded during the first half of the 19th century including nominating conventions, expansion of the franchise and active campaigning. They use research materials, a graphic organizer, short answer responses and cooperative learning.