Growth Mindset Distance Learning | Informational Text Distance Learning

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Want to push your students to read more challenging non-fiction, learn why a fixed mindset is detrimental, and engage in metacognitive questions on their reading habits and expectations?

Explore the importance of growth mindset with this lesson on a challenging non-fiction article.

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.

The resource includes questions for close reading, questions for discussing the process of reading a difficult text, an answer key, and a summative assessment.

A copy of the article is not included in this resource because of copyright reasons.

This resource now includes suggestions for online teaching with Google Classroom including ready-to-go student instructions and questions.

This lesson is appropriate for ELA classes as well as history, psychology, or social studies classes; it would make a great addition to an AP Language class.

"This was such a great resource--it inspired a great class discussion! The students were very engaged."--Buyer

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13 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


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