A great way to engage kinesthetic learners in reading nonfiction by having them get out of their desks and act out portions of what they have read.
In this student-directed activity, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech through role play, by creating and enacting a presidential interview that could have occurred after the speech. This activity will not only help students review the main ideas of the speech, but will give them practice in creating and answering depth of knowledge questions for a deeper, critical understanding of Roosevelt’s ideas.
The lesson includes the activity handout with Depth of Knowledge question examples and a lesson plan and grading rubric for the teacher.
In this lesson students will cover the following Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards:
For Reading: Key Ideas and Details
1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Craft and Structure
6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
For Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
3. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
This activity is a component of our 79-page Four Freedoms Unit Plan
designed to address ELA Common Core Standards.
Presidential Press Conference
by Janet Mason
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Based on a work at www.uncommoned.com