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Creative Writing - Differentiated and Scaffolded

Creative Writing - Differentiated and Scaffolded
Creative Writing - Differentiated and Scaffolded
Creative Writing - Differentiated and Scaffolded
Creative Writing - Differentiated and Scaffolded
Creative Writing - Differentiated and Scaffolded
Creative Writing - Differentiated and Scaffolded
Creative Writing - Differentiated and Scaffolded
Creative Writing - Differentiated and Scaffolded
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Is there anyone else out there? Engage your students in the mystery of a recently (2015) discovered exoplanet and unleash creativity, curiosity and wonder. Using the scaffolded guide, 'Star Gazer', students collaborate to consider a 'day in the life' on Kepler 452b - earth's 'cousin'. Although this active lesson can stand alone, it is the introduction to an exciting, Inquiry Based, program called Kepler's STARS where, through role play, students become citizens of Kepler452b and vicariously experience forced evacuations, commonalities in diversity, working together for solutions and so very much more.

Harnessing the Unknown includes a brief Kepler452b intro video, quick facts, 'Star Gazer' - sheet of prompts, rubric and live links to websites to launch ideas. This lesson is a perfect lead-in to recently discovered exoplanets similar to earth.

Harnessing the Unknown is a role play activity designed for students to digest facts about Kepler452b, suspend doubt, fire up the imagination in conjunction with classmates and create an imaginative 'day in the life' on Kepler452b paragraph.

Students will:

  • Watch an engaging Kepler452b intro video and/or discuss a 'quick facts' document (Astronomy)
  • Use a glossary of discipline-specific words (Astronomy)
  • Become 'citizens' of a fictitious country (Social Studies)
  • Explore and discuss, write and share, pair up and create! (Creative Writing)Pro

Core Competencies

Communication: Connect and engage with others to share and develop ideas, Collaborate to plan, carry out and review activities, Explain/recount and reflect on experience and accomplishment.

Creative Thinking: Novelty and value, Generating ideas, Developing ideas

(see below)

Package contents:

  • Overview of lesson
  • Detailed lesson plan
  • Video
  • Kepler452b 'Quick Facts'
  • Fictional Map of 4 Countries; Red, Yellow, Blue and Ecru
  • Glossary - focus specific words
  • - information about our Inquiry Based 3 unit program, "Kepler's STARS"
  • "Star Gazer" - a scaffolding approach to help generate ideas
  • Rubric / Evaluation Sheet

Goals of our Inquiry Based Kepler's STARS Program with Project Based assignments:

  • To inspire a concerned interest and growing empathy for the many world citizens who face forced evacuations from their homes, localities and/or countries.
  • To encourage an appreciation for diversity and an understanding that within diversity lies surprising commonalities.
  • To lead students to a threshold where it starts to make sense that we are all connected, and that global solutions are dependent on the responsibility, concern and cooperation of the global community.
  • Total Pages
    10 pages
    Answer Key
    N/A
    Teaching Duration
    45 minutes
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