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With a growth mindset quiz, great TED Talks, a research project, a narrative writing unit, nonfiction close reading, poetry, and lots and lots of examples of famous failures, these powerful resources have everything you need to instill a growth mindset in your high school students.
Made famous by psychologist Carol Dweck, the growth mindset is more than just a belief in effort.
No lectures, no power points—this is all rigorous, student-centered activities. There is enough here for 16 to 23 days of teaching—a full month worth of growing your students’ confidence and skills.
When your students complete this unit, they will:
• understand the brain science behind the theory of growth mindset by learning about the way that the mind develops
• be more willing to take on challenges and make mistakes when they learn about real-life examples of people who have succeeded because of their growth mindset
• understand why it is important to stretch our comfort zones and try new things
• watch an engaging TED Talk and complete questions on that talk
• complete a close reading of three poems and a challenging non-fiction article
• write an essay comparing multiple texts' views on the same theme
• be more comfortable reading challenging texts when they are given the scaffolding they need and reflect on their experience of reading challenging non fiction
• engage in a graded discussion with their classmates
• gain the confidence to think critically about everything they read, hear, or see by practicing those skills in multiple ways
• learn about the qualities of a well-written narrative essay
• write a personal essay about a past failure
• see failure as a necessary element of learning
• grow their brains and their comfort zones!
"Wonderful and thought-provoking resource!"--Erika W.
"Incredible resource for helping with building the growth mindset!"--Gabriela H.
Included in this bundle are the following resources, all available at a discount when you buy them bundled:
Growth Mindset Activity: Growth Mindset Introduction | TED Talk, Question, Quiz (normally priced at $1.97)
This two-day introductory unit introduces students to the theory and starts them on a path to redefine areas in their own lives where they have a fixed mindset. After the lesson, students will have a good sense of the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset. Included in this resource are links to the handout that Dweck created to teach her students about the growth mindset, a pre unit "quiz" for students to begin to understand their views on learning and effort, and questions on a TEDtalk video that will more fully explain growth mindset and fixed mindset to your classes. You can view the preview of this resource by clicking here.
Growth Mindset Activities | Growth Mindset Nonfiction | Critical Thinking (normally priced at $2.99)
In the article featured in this lesson, Malcolm Gladwell explores the relationship between a fixed mindset and the Enron scandal. Gladwell is a great choice for teaching literary non-fiction in your class. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he is also the author of The Tipping Point, Outliers, and Blink. This lesson also includes questions for close reading and metacognitive questions to get students to evaluate their own reading habits and patterns. You can view the preview of this resource by clicking here.
Growth Mindset Activity | Poetry Analysis & Poetry Close Reading | "Invictus" (normally priced at $2.99)
Focusing on two poems, “The Writer” by Richard Wilbur and “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, these lessons will challenge your students to further explore the concept of growth mindset by doing close readings of these powerful poems, and by exploring themes such as perseverance, struggle, and grit. The handouts of thorough and precise questions are ready to go with minimal prep on your part. There are also prompts for in-class writing as well as for longer assessment. You can view the preview of this resource by clicking here.
Poetry Lesson to Teach Close Reading and Literary Analysis: Adrienne Rich, (normally priced at $1.47)
When they complete this poetry lesson on Adrienne Rich's poem "Diving Into the Wreck," students will feel empowered to comprehend this approachable yet profound text. By exploring Rich's extended metaphor of deep-sea diving they will also write and think about abstract concepts such as self-exploration, dealing with the past, the scars of trauma, and the process of turning pain into art. You can view the preview of this resource by clicking here.
Growth Mindset Examples | Growth Mindset Research | Collaborative Project (normally priced at $4.97)
Dweck herself, in an article published in Scientific America on January 1, 2015, recommends that students learn about people who have found success through their determination: "One way is by telling stories about achievements that result from hard work.” There are a three different options for this project. Students will first research eight different individuals who have found great success in their fields and who have failed—sometimes epically. Students will then complete a jigsaw activity, a mixed media poster, or a group informational essay based on their findings. Included in this packet are handouts with research questions and instructions for the three different options, two different versions of a chart for students to fill out on the other seven individuals, discussion questions to bring the presentations together, and a rubric to grade the mixed media poster. You can view the preview of this resource by clicking here.
Growth Mindset Narrative Writing Unit | Growth Mindset Examples | Mentor Texts (normally priced at $9.97)
Writing about our painfully embarrassing memories, our biggest flops, or our most tragic failures is not always fun—but it does make for great essays and even better learning experiences. Some of my favorite published essays and student essays are included in this resource—and they all about failures of one kind or another! If you really want your students to internalize the concepts of growth mindset, you need to get them reflecting on their own lives. The lessons included here will teach your classes how to write effective personal essays, and they will also get them to reframe the way that they view failure in their own lives You can view the preview of this resource by clicking here.
Bonus items include a suggested unit schedule, a guide and rubric for holding a graded discussion, a prompt for a synthesis essay, and a graphic organizer for organizing that essay. Also included in this bundle: a letter to parents explaining the science behind the theory and what they can do to help their students. Bonus items are not included in any of the bundled products.
Texts covered in this resource include the following. (Copies of some are not included because of copyright laws.)
“Diving Into The Wreck” by Adrienne Rich
“The Writer” by Richard Wilbur
“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
“Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan
“My Father Smokes” by Alice Walker
“Finishing School” by Maya Angelou
“Us and Them” by David Sedaris
"The Talent Myth" by Malcolm Gladwell
Challenge your students to become more resilient learners who are not afraid to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from their failures by getting them to change the way they view their lives.