Learning from Others about the Experience of Failure

Learning from Others about the Experience of Failure
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Learning from Others about the Experience of Failure Using Interviews

Everyone experiences failure. From big to small moments, we all have stories to tell. Wouldn't it be great to give our young people the opportunity to learn from people in their lives who are successful, but have experienced failure?

In this lesson, students select two individuals to interview: one who is very familiar to the student and with whom they have regular contact, and a second person with whom they have access to but is also in a career or participates in a hobby in which the student has great interest.

Then they will compare the two individual's similarities and difference, create 10 interview questions, conduct the interviews, participate in a reflection, and then use the interview data to produce one of four products: one-pagers, news report, a letter to future self, and thank you notes.

Many teachers have all students do the thank you note activity and then choose one additional option.

Unique details of this lesson?
- Students have choice in interviewees, but are guided in making meaningful selections
- Interview question writing tips are provided
- Interviewing tips are provided
- It is participant-centered and inquiry-based
- Students practice a wide-range of socio-emotional skills as well as academic skills
- Product choices can be easily differentiated for a wide-range of student needs
- This lesson can be used in class or as an out-of-class project

This detailed lesson includes:
- Aligned CCSS Anchor Standards
- Aligned Teaching Tolerance & Anti-Bias Anchor Standards
- Student instructions & guide sheets for selecting two people, noting why they were selected and creating 10 interview questions
- Venn Diagram guide sheet where students can display the similarities and difference between the two people interviewed.
- Tips for creating successful interview questions
- Tips for conducting successful interviews
- Place for notes to be taken while interviewing
- Instruction cards for each of the 4 products: one-pagers, news report, letter to future self, and thank you notes

Skills developed in this lesson
- Conducting short research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation
- Preparing for and participating effectively in a conversation with diverse partners
- Evaluating a speaker's point-of-view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric
- Presenting information, findings, and supporting evidence
- Writing for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences

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Sincerely, Beth Salyers
Off The Beaten Path - Curriculum & Instruction

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Total Pages
12 pages
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2 days
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