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. After seeing an ecard last year with an ironic statement about that fact and noticing how so many stores go straight from Halloween to Christmas in their decor, this idea that we are losing Thanksgiving altogether is most definitely alarming. Also, it isn’t just the idea that perhaps we are allowing too much encroachment on a once sanctified holiday, but as a whole we are nation of excess – a cultural contradiction to the fundamental premise behind this holiday. 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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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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