In this quick mini lesson perfect for Thanksgiving, students will be digging into a variety of informational texts (charts, graphs, and opinion pieces) while reflecting on their own beliefs and values during the holiday season!
The encroachment of Black Friday into Thanksgiving Thursday has been a trend years in the making. Thus, I have developed this little mini unit to gets students not only thinking and questioning this topic, but also digging into the informational texts provided. Students will be creating their own charts and graphs, discussing and debating, close reading and analyzing an article, and eventually writing about their own stand on one side of the issue of dinner or deals for Thanksgiving.
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- Teacher's Guide with complete lesson plan
- Super simple sub sheet
- Paired texts: Charts and an article to read
- Two choices for the article portion (for leveling, multiple classes, or just do them both!)
- Constructed Response prompt
This mini-unit would work well for an ELA classroom, personal finance, social studies, or even a sociology classroom!
Classroom success stories from teachers who have tried this resource:
♥ "This was an amazing lesson! It was perfect for those 2 days (Monday & Tuesday) before the Thanksgiving holiday. it was relevant, informative and spawned a terrific classroom discussion. will definitely be a tool I use yearly; thank you!"
♥ "Perfect for the 2 days before Thanksgiving. I will be using this lesson each year. Excellent resource!"
♥ "My middle school students became very passionate about this topic. Great way to keep kids engaged before Thanksgiving Break."
♥ "My high school students enjoyed it. It was great to be able to do something of substance right before the holiday!"
♥ "A great activity right before Thanksgiving Break. Gave my high school students a chance to consider their culture as it relates to tradition, value, etc."
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