Making Do: Learning and Growing Through Adversity

What is it that makes people keep going when they face challenges in life? Ask your class to consider this question in relation to their own experiences and as they read material from The New York Times. Using personal experiences and evidence from the provided articles, pupils come up with their own theories on how people make it through obstacles and compose narrative essays on this topic.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Comes with plenty of articles for students to read for the research portion of the narrative essay
  • Requires pupils to think about big ideas and come up with their own ideas about overcoming challenges
Cons

  • To help pupils more fully understand the article(s), you may need to add in more scaffolding and employ some active reading strategies
  • There is not much direction for how to structure the writing assignment, so you'll likely need to create your own materials
Included Materials - Join to Access

  • Used to Hardship, Latvia Accepts Austerity, and Its Pain Eases
  • The Power That Wouldn’t Fail
  • Life in the Red
  • Baby and Child Care, the African Way
  • Get a Grip and Set Your Sights Above Adversity
  • Tapping The Mood Gene
  • A Question of Resilience
  • On Road to Recovery, Past Adversity Provides a Map
  • Out of Tragedy, a Good Life
  • Washington Is Home (for Now at Least), but Sotomayor Stays True to New York
  • A Richer Life by Seeing the Glass Half Full
  • The Why-Worry Generation
  • A Man of Fashion Is Still Stylish, but His Pockets Are Old and Empty
  • The Price of Parsimony
  • Europe’s Debt Crisis: No Relief on the Horizon
  • The Way Greeks Live Now
  • Project
  • Vocabulary