Oftentimes my students say "I don't have anything I can write about for this topic." However, they DO know things, they just don't have the cognitive ability to connect the things they know and care about to a thematic STAAR prompt.
This activity allows students to read simple facts about various topics and practice explaining how the people, events, or issues can connect to several different themes.
Eight (8) student-friendly, high-interest H-E-L-P (History, Experience, Literature-books, movies, or tv, Pop Culture-current events, issues, famous people) examples.
Each example/topic has a full page color picture, and facts/details to summarize the event, person, or issue.
**These facts have been copied off the Internet and are not something I created.**
A list of forty-eight (48) theme words for students to practice applying or connecting to the topics.
Lesson Plan Idea:
Each picture will be displayed in an 8.5" x 11" clear plastic stand at one of my group/tables. The students will pick a table by a topic they do not know a lot about. They will work as a group to read the facts about their topic and comb through their theme words to select which TWO themes would be best represented by their example. They will work together to write and submit an expository body paragraph based on the themes they chose. We will then have a gallery walk so that all students will get to read each group's best body paragraph.