Responding with Wonderment and Awe

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When was the last time you responded to something with wonderment and awe? Explore this particular Habit of Mind with three lessons, each based on a literary skill as well. The first instructional activity prompts kids to read Walt Whitman's poem "Nothing But Miracles" and to write their own poem about everyday miracles, while the second and third instructional activity encourage kids to explore the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the Age of Revolutions in a photo display and travel destination project.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a language arts to focus on inferences and poetry, or in a social studies class when discussing the Renaissance
  • Have kids work on the first part of the lessons at home, and the second parts with their peers in class
Classroom Considerations

  • Comes with three lessons, covering different eras in history, but focused on the same Habits of Mind
  • Even though the lesson is published by a company for Catholic schools, it is not religious in nature (but could be applied to religious lessons if desired)
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Pros

  • Provides teacher reference materials about the Habits of Mind, including effective ways to bring them into the classroom
  • Comes with the auxiliary worksheets and graphic organizers needed for each lesson
Cons

  • Many of the lessons focus on photos and pictures of art, but the lesson does not provide any of these images