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This is a great beginning-of-the-year activity to introduce/review identifying and applying themes. The unit includes:
*Customizable student learning guide
*Teacher copy with annotations and answers for class model
*Links to YouTube videos
*A variety of texts: poem, motivational video, music video, recording of JK Rowling's Harvard commencement speech from 2008.
*Opportunity for students to apply what they have learned by creating a motivational poster for the beginning of the year.
*Models of actual student-created motivational posters.
This activity is broken into small segments. I begin this on the first day of school so my students realize that learning is the most important focus in my class. Some of the segments could also be used for differentiated review. The format/questions can be easily adapted to other activities throughout the school year. Thanks for considering!