Do you want to change your students’ attitudes and teach them those elusive social emotional skills that are so necessary for success in school and outside the classroom?
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. And it is all ready to go. You can start this unit tomorrow.
When your students complete this unit, they will:
• understand the brain science behind the theory of growth mindset
• be more willing to take on challenges and make mistakes
• understand why it is important to stretch our comfort zones and try new things
• watch an engaging Tedtalk 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
• engage in a graded discussion with their classmates
• gain the confidence to think critically about everything they read, hear, or see
• 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!
Included in this bundle are the following resources, all available at 25 percent off when you buy them bundled here
Developing a Growth Mindset for Students: Video, and Quiz
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 Lesson: Challenging Non-Fiction/Informational Passage
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,
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
Poetry Lesson: Two Poems on Growth Mindset
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
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 Creative Research Project for High School
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
Narrative Writing Ideas & Prompts: Lesson Plans for High School & College Essays
This narrative writing unit includes writing ideas, prompts, exercises, and lesson plans that work for six days of packed classes. After the unit is over, you will see a noted improvement in your students' essays. Students love these lessons because they are practical, simple, and effective. You will love them because they are ready to go and because they work. Your students will be engaged and excited to see improvements in their writing. Additionally, by examining published essays, completing exercises, and participating in class discussions, your students will they will have an understanding of the elements of a successful personal essay. 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.