Using a GREENPEACE publicity stunt, this is a fun lesson that teaches serious reading and analysis skills. Students strengthen "deep" questioning skills, termed "thick" and "thin" questions in the lesson. They read to find evidence and information. You also have the option of having them research to find answers to their own "thick" questions. And they are ENGAGED because the introductory material is a bit bizarre, incorporating a series of Greenpeace "publicity stunts" focused on Barbie and Ken which they used to draw attention to Indonesian rainforest destruction.
The lesson includes
-- a fun and engaging 14-slide PowerPoint which grabs their attention but also teaches the difference between "thick" and "thin" questions (PowerPoint uses analysis of four different photographs from the Greenpeace campaign to stop deforestation in Indonesia.)
-- a student handout which students use to respond to the PowerPoint slides and to practice writing their own thick and thin questions
-- a second student handout featuring a pre-reading activity using a "word cloud" from the article they will read (having students predict what they will learn when they read the article)
-- a 2-page article on the Greenpeace effort (a full-color version and a greyscale version)
-- a photo file of the PowerPoint pictures in case you choose to load the photos onto tablets or onto a web site for student use
-- the detailed lesson plan.
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