Develop reading skills (CCSS-aligned), get your students discussing passionately and improve their capacity for learning - what's not to love? A perfect resource to develop your students' thinking skills any time but particularly good for early in the year. This bundle will increase in price as I add new items, so grab it now to get all future updates for FREE.
BONUS MATERIAL ADDED August 2016: The resource now includes an 'I Have Who Has?' activity to review key vocabulary in the article. This can be used in subsequent lessons to help students remember definitions. This bundle will grow over time, so grab it now before the price increases with each addition!
This lesson starts with an anticipation guide, in which students reflect on their own beliefs about intelligence and learning.
Following this, students read an original 2-page article on how the brain develops. It includes:
* Information on intelligence as something to be developed, rather than fixed
* The role of mindset in learning
* The power of ‘yet’
They have a double-sided sheet to complete as they explore the text which practices: citing evidence; finding the main idea; recognising cause & effect; identifying the importance of a section as part of a whole; and synthesis.
Discussion task cards have been provided as a follow up to the reading, so students can develop their ideas.
Finally, students are asked to reflect on how this learning might impact their attitude and actions, setting specific goals to improve their learning.
(A FREE optional resource comparing the brains of zombies and humans (Zombie Brains versus Human Brains) can be downloaded from my store, for those using this resource with my other zombie-themed lessons.)
While these are Common Core aligned skills, they are useful for any student’s reading skills. In the same way you might use a magazine or newspaper article for any grade level, this text is flexible in terms of who can access it. The online Lexile Analyzer gives an estimated reading score of 940L (based on the first 2 paragraphs only) and readable.io gives an average grade level of 9.1. In reality, I have used this with able and engaged 6th graders, and my IBDP (11th Grade) students said they really enjoyed the article - and ensuing Socratic Seminar - that we held.
My students absolutely love finding out the science behind how they learn, and this lesson has them passionately discussing their views on intelligence. It has surprised me how well it is received by all secondary grades,and it doesn't matter what subject or age I'm teaching, it's always a winner.
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Keywords: learning, brain, metacognition, yet, mindset, Dweck, intelligence, resilience, reading, speaking, listening, CCSS, discussion, start of year
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