I use this unit to teach the theme of Needs in our Gifted and Talented curriculum. This unit covers Maslow's Pyramid of Needs in depth and allows students to apply this knowledge to new situations. Teacher and student slides are included to teach about each level of the pyramid. With each level activities are included in order for students to apply new knowledge about Maslow's Pyramid of Needs. At the end of this unit I have students complete a group creative writing assignment. The topic of this assignment is that students become stranded on a deserted island and they have to write a survival story based on the needs of Maslow's Pyramid. I absolutely LOVE this project. It makes students apply what they have learned about Maslow’s pyramid to a new situation in a creative way. Students have to work on collaborating, writing, editing, and applying Maslow information while being creative. Students work in groups of 2-3. I have found that this project helps students who are not strong writers become more comfortable with the writing process. Students go through the writing processes of brainstorming, writing a rough draft, editing, and publishing before beginning the second part of the assignment, which is to create a visual to go along with their story. There visual might be a play with props and costumes, a puppet show, a 3D mural, a painting, etc. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for students to finish this assignment and present them in class. I assess the projects using the attached rubric. It is so interesting to see the different ideas and approaches to not only the story, but the visual element.