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Elements of Hip Hop Unit (Literature+)

Unit Description: This unit will introduce students to various elements of Hip-Hop culture that include but is not limited to the following: art, fashion, emceeing, music appreciation, and politics. Enrichment will take place through various forms of discussion that will be facilitated via informational text, literature, poetry, music videos, video documentaries, etc.

Students will infuse social elements of Hip Hop that will give them a chance to work on mastery level academic skills that include but are not limited to listening + speaking, critical thinking, critical reading, and critical writing. I think it’d be an interesting concept to infuse Hip Hop music in with the following critical thinking activities:  Socratic SeminarsLevels of Questions, OPTIC Strategy, ECQs based on musical themes, and 5, 4, 3, 2 + 1 Discussion. 

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The Old Man & The Sea – Trivia Game

The Old Man & The Sea - Trivia

The Old Man & The Sea – Trivia

On Friday, I wanted to liven up the class with some sort of competitive game, so I put this trivia game together in the morning. In case you’re adverse to reading, here is The Old Man & The Sea Trivia Game [here]. I grabbed a few things on several sites as well as came up with a few questions on my own. Feel free to take it, share it, add a few questions, point out any errors, or play the trivia game… The students loved it, and it really brought out their competitive side. I split them in teams of four, and they went at it. The main objective was simple – collaboratively be able to display understanding of the book they had just completed. Today, they will get their essay assignment [here], and we will also watch the T.V. movie starring Anthony Quinn [here].

Overall, the majority of the students enjoyed the novel. It was above their grade level (7), but we had plenty of dialogue to break down the conflicts, inner struggles, themes, and overall meaning. We will continue to gain understanding through our essay assignment, and then we will finish the 6th book of the year (Of Mice & Men). I am very proud of my students for completing 6 books during the school year. I try to have trivia for all the books we read because it’s a fun way to display/recall knowledge…

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Letter Writing Activity #Dreams

set goal, make plan, work, and stick to it...

set goal, make plan, work, and stick to it…

I decided to do an impromptu writing activity in Language Arts/Writing today. The students will participate in a letter writing activity about their future aspirations. Students will begin class with a bell work question, “Describe 3 realistic life goals that you want to reach by the age of 18.” Once they have completed that, they will be given the following instructions:

 

1) You will be writing a letter about your future dreams and aspirations.

2) Address the letter to yourself (future you)

3) List specific goals that you hope to attain by the age of 18 and beyond.

4) For every goal, give yourself advice on how to reach that goal.

5) Open the letter upon high school graduation or when you feel yourself getting off track later in life. Continue reading

Re: Technology Overload – View & Respond #iForgotMyPhone

Technology Overload - View & Respond

Technology Overload – View & Respond

With the world now at our fingertips, how much technology is too much? Our Language Arts/Writing class will be exploring that question via Common Core speaking/listening standards, (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5), with this viral video about how we forget how to unplug from time to time. I will begin the class with a bell work prompt, how many minutes and/or hours a day do you spend on your phone or other electronic gadgets? We will continue by viewing the viral video, I Forgot My Phone [here]. Students will then proceed to have initial discussion led by teacher guided questions. Once the discussion is complete, students will then move to a handout [here]. The handout is a newspaper article via the Washington Post: President Obama snaps a selfie at Mandela’s memorial service. The overall goal isn’t to be judgmental, but it’s to get students to understand a need, including myself, to unplug and reconnect to reality from time to time. Hopefully, this video along with other activities will spark a dialogue about whether they should unplug or not… Continue reading

Books Arrived! [The Pearl & The Giver] #DonorsChooseOrg

The Pearl & The Giver

The Pearl & The Giver

Our class books came from DonorsChoose.org today! A few weeks ago, I put together a project to receive two classroom sets of books, The Pearl & The Giver. I’m so thankful to the people that donated as well as helped to get these for my class! Those 9 donors will be hearing from us soon;)