Socratic Seminar Thematic Units: Critical Thinking, Nonfiction Close Reading

Socratic Seminar Thematic Units: Critical Thinking, Nonfiction Close Reading
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When you empower your students with the skills to find their own answers to the important questions of the 21st Century, they will be on their way to becoming life-long leaners who take on the challenges that will face them in their lives.

This is a growing bundle. What that means is that if you buy it at the current price, you will get all of the future additions for free. With poetry close reading lessons, TED Talks, critical thinking activities, primary source activities, creative writing activities, and inquiry based task cards, these thematic units have so much to offer.

For now, you will get all of the following resources:

Social Media Literacy | Critical Thinking Activities & Skills | Fake News (normally priced at $17.97)

Want to teach your students how to stop the spread of fake news on social media but don't have the time to develop a lesson plan on this new and ever-developing topic?

Included in this resource is everything your students need to know about fake news and the new media literacy. The two-week lesson plans included here will take students through the process of identifying what they know, understanding the impact of fake news and viral sharing on the real world, looking at the way that quality journalism is constructed, and learning what they need to know to be responsible consumers of media.

You can view the full-priced version of this resource here.

American Literature: Nonfiction, Poetry, Film, Socratic Seminar, Essay Writing (normally priced at $9.97)

These inquiry-based thematic unit plans will add new voices to your discussion of the American Dream while examining three different artistic mediums. Your students will love this unit because they will be engaged by the powerful poems, the fascinating contemporary non-fiction, and one of the greatest documentaries ever made (which is also super popular with teenagers). You will love this unit because it will enable your students to dig deep on important essential questions and to add complexity to their understanding of those issues.

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Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction Close Reading, TED Talk, Informational Texts (normally priced at $7.97)

This 5-day unit will take students through lessons on youth, teen, and gang violence in Chicago, Boston, and other American cities by getting them to read an in-depth article from The New York Times as well as four opinion pieces from around the country. Additionally, students will watch an engaging TED Talk and listen to two compelling stories from the NPR show This American Life. Finally, they will participate in a student-lead discussion to synthesize all of the information from the unit. You can view the full priced version of this resource by clicking here.

Immigration Unit: Nonfiction, Poetry, Creative Writing, Speeches, Close Reading (normally priced at $17.50)

This three-week inquiry-based thematic unit focuses on answering important questions by analyzing different voices, perspectives, and issues of the immigrant experience. By working through close readings and discussion questions, and by engaging in creative writing exercises, your students will gain a greater understanding of the what it means to leave a homeland behind in search of “the golden door” of the United States. All of the texts studied in this unit deal with the problems of immigrants today. I have spent hours finding the most engaging writing on the topic so that your students will care about lives that are probably very different than their own.

You can view the full-priced version of this resource here.

Salem Witch Trials Unit | Non-Fiction Paired Texts | Poetry Close Reading (normally priced at $12.91)

This thematic unit on the Salem Witch Trials will engage your students to think about the bigger themes of colonial and Puritan America. From their world view to their religious beliefs to their daily life, the people of the early colonial period lived lives very different from those of contemporary Americans. The texts included in this unit will give students a glimpse into those lives. Three of the pieces included in this resource were written during the time period, and two are contemporary writing on the events of the witch trials in Salem. The texts included in this bundle can be used to introduce themes of The Crucible or as a way of wrapping up a unit on the play. The eight day unit would also make a great stand alone unit to begin a chronological study of American literature.

You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here .

Shakespeare Unit: Shakespeare Sonnet Activities | Figurative Language & Analysis (normally priced at $6.97)

Get your classes to explore popular culture, primary source documents, and Shakespeare’s sonnets with this innovative and engaging unit. How do we talk about love? It’s a question that has been asked for centuries, and it is one that has never been fully answered, even by the greatest poets of all time. And yet, it is an important question to ask, especially for teenagers who are still struggling to define their world. This unit is a great supplement to your unit on play or novel, and it is also a great stand-alone unit that will get your classes thinking critically, discussing big ideas, and having fun exploring language and meaning. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here .

Primary Source Activity: Compare Artistic Mediums | Shakespeare, Nonfiction

(normally priced at $4.97)

These powerful lessons will add visual art and challenging nonfiction to your unit on a Shakespeare play. This lesson will challenge your classes to examine a remarkable painting by a female artist of the 17th century as well as a short passage from a 17th-century essay on revenge. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here

Langston Hughes "A Dream Deferred" Paired Text: Nonfiction, Photographs, Poem | Harlem Unit

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These engaging lesson plans will get your students synthesizing different media. Students will complete questions for close reading on Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)”, discuss Gordon Park’s photo essay “Harlem Gang Leader” in a full-class discussion using the questions included here, and complete a close reading of “The Whites Invade Harlem” by Levi C. Hubert, a satirical essay about the Harlem Renaissance. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here

Learning Stations of Differentiated Close Reading Passages & Questions on Love

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These inquiry-based task cards will get your students engaged in creative writing, cooperative learning, close reading, analysis, and critical thinking--all about love. You’ll love the common core aligned activities because your students will be working to strengthen their skills. Your students will love the tasks because they’re fun and appealing—and they’ll think they’re taking a break from “real work!” All focusing on the question of “What is Love,” the 14 different stations included will get your students excited about learning when they examine diverse sources. From a TedTalk to ancient Greek philosophers, from a column from The New York Times to writing from 12th-century France, this resource will take your students far and wide.

You can view the full-priced version of this resource here.

Get your students reading nonfiction American literature, studying film, analyzing poetry, writing argument essays, and looking for answers to some of the most important questions of our nation.

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