9th - 12th
Students listen and scan for information and identify purpose in Transcendentalist writing. In this self-management lesson, students identify main and supporting details. Students evaluate whether or not the author achieved his purpose as they read Transcendentalist writings such as "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Students create a personal mission statement and discuss their ideas of happiness.
The 4 A’S of Dealing with Stress
Stress is rampant in today's society, and it is important that we equip young learners with the tools to cope with stress in a way that promotes lifelong health, wellness, and productivity. Discover the four A's of dealing with stress — adapt, accept, alter, avoid — as your class discusses common stressful situations and brainstorms ways to utilize and apply each of these stress management strategies. Pupils then conclude the lesson by identifying characteristics of a stress-resistant individual and beginning a daily journal monitoring individual progress.
What's Your Style?
Sixth graders complete a learning style assessment and evaluate the information gained to determine accuracy in terms of what they know about themselves as learners. They then identify and implement strategies related to their preferred learning styles in self-management, study skills, goal setting, and test taking.
Character Attributes in Writing
Third graders analyze the importance of characters in fiction writing and performances. In this theatre instructional activity, 3rd graders identify the important characteristics of a fictional character and how to portray a character through many different physical and psychological choices. Students act out characters for their classmates and critique their own performances.
Six Trait Writing with Jonathan Swift and Washington Irving
Fourth graders demonstrate and evaluate the six traits of writing. They read and identify good writing and bad writing, utilize a rubric to self-evaluate their own writing, participate in a Reader's Theater, and publish a class book.
The Legacy of Emerson and Thoreau
Eleventh graders are introduced to Transcendentalism through the writing of Emerson and Thoreau. They keep a journal in which they respond to quotes and prompts. Students write longer essays on conformity, being alone and a "field trip" to the woods. They research an individual or movement influenced by the work on Thoreau and the beliefs of Transcendentalsim.
Read and Infer: Emerson's "Self-Reliance"
The complete text of Ralph Waldo Emerson's manifesto "Self-Reliance" is accompanied by 9 excellent reflection questions. Encourage quadrant D-level thinking by challenging readers to infer, evaluate, and synthesize meaning from the text, and integrate it with the work of Henry David Thoreau. This is made for homeschoolers, but I'd use it in my classroom.
Skills 4 Success
What does it take to get a job? You need specific skills like, critical thinking, reading, writing, team work, self-management, and problem solving. Each set of job related skills are defined along with examples. They are grouped by skill set types: interpersonal, systems, transferable, foundational, and thinking.
Emerson's Essays Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 12 multiple choice questions about Emerson's Essays. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Leading into Good Writing
Discuss the importance of a lead in writing with your upper graders. They examine several examples of leads from literature and practice writing leads for pieces of artwork. They then select a topic from a list and write an introdutory paragraph using a lead.
Binoculars are used as a metaphor for good descriptive writing. Class members first view a small picture and then an enlarged view of the same image in which the details come into focus. Next, learners examine a paragraph lacking sensory details and one rich in description. Finally, class members craft their own personal narratives. Prompts, story ideas, check lists, and assessments are included in this richly detailed plan.
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