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Eleventh graders prepare a skit in which the entire dialogue must center around the grammar and mechanics of writing. They come up with a scenario on their own or you can provide them with one. Students can use props if they like. They perform their skits in front of their peers.
Katherine Paterson’s young adult novel Lyddie is the foundation of a differentiated instruction unit that not only explores the rise of industrialization and labor but women’s rights issues as well. The resource links, list of activities, assessment tools, and template for planning modifications make this a powerful teacher resource.
Learners write a business letter with information regarding specific writing mechanics. In this writing instructional activity, students learn to write a business letter and they focus on one area of concern. Learners follow a business letter template and use a word processor to edit and enhance their written communication.
Take little ones outside for a scientific observation and investigation. The class treks through the school yard to observe living things in the environment. When they return to class, they engage in a think aloud activity, are introduced to writing with a scientific purpose, and create journal entries. The journal entries are typed and corrected by the teacher and placed on their circles of life drawings, which are based on their outdoor observations.
Really a unit, this resource exposes middle schoolers to genetics at their level. They read interviews and biographies, trace a family tree, play games that simulate inheritance concepts, and more! Teacher's procedures, student worksheets, extensions, and modifications are all provided. You will not want to miss out on this terrific life science resource!
This unit of lessons is designed for 7th through 9th graders. They are introduced to the world of agriculture and the genetic research and various technologies that are associated with agriculture. Pupils work together to come up with a genetically altered product. This incredible, 96-page plan is chock full of great teaching ideas, activities, assignments, worksheets, rubrics, video links, and website links that make implementation feasible.
Practice public speaking in this oral presentation lesson. Middle schoolers list the characteristics of a powerful speaker. They watch a video of two speakers, compare them and discuss the qualities of a good speech. Afterwards, they prepare and present a 10 minute speech about volunteering for a philanthropic organization.
Turn your middle schoolers into civic-minded members of the community with this lesson. After engaging in a service learning activity, they write about it in a journal, an essay and an observation report, then complete a project summarizing their experience. They are involved in various activities at a nursing home in the community. The lesson is written for a Christian Middle School but can be adapted for any class setting.
Students use a chart of the six simple machines and become aware of how the machines improve our ability to meet the following needs: shelter, food, water, and transportation. Students use model cars to experiment with force. They divide into groups and go through work stations with the six simple machines, filling out a packet. Students do various art projects to show machines they would invent and machines they have observed.
Students in a Spanish class are introduced to the techniques of creative writing. In groups, they focus on the pre-writing section of creative writing and keep a folder of their works throughout the lesson. They end the lessons by using new vocabulary to write either a short story or a descriptive paragraph and share with the class.
Tenth graders read examples of writings by women authors showing their dissent. After completion of their reading, they brainstorm on why they believe female authors have criticized society. In groups, they use the Internet to research the historical events occurring in the writings. To end the lesson plan, they write about a strong woman in their own lives and perform in a skit using one of the readings.
Students improve writing skills by expanding their self-perceptions. Next, they develop idea lists for writing topics. Their ideas become the basis for a class newspaper. following the creation of a group composition, students write brief descriptions of family members. The activity also includes the use of writing to improve grammar, usage, and mechanics skills.
Seventh graders are shown a variety of advertisements and commercials and note the product being sold. As a class, they compare and contrast their answer to the actual product. To end the lesson, they discuss whether or not they would buy the product after seeing the commercial.