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This packet is complete with activities celebrating the New Year for older students. What better way to encourage students to reflect on the coming year?
This packet includes Vocabulary PowerPoint presentations for rebirth, resolution, themes in poetry and thesis statement in the ExC-ELL format, as well as notes on theme and writing thesis statements. Teacher can choose from the lyrics of three different songs dealing with making resolutions to change, created in a double-entry format (All songs can be found at youtube.com). Five reflective essay prompts are also offered to allow for student choice. Also included are the words and translation to "Auld Lang Syne."
These activities are scaffolded and differentiated: teacher decides on groupings for analyzing the text, and decides the extent to which lyrics are explored. One group might analyze only one song, while another group might analyze all three of the songs. Duration depends on teacher objectives: usually one to two class periods.