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The Obituary: A PowerPoint Presentation on an Expository Writing Form

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The obituary: not what you would think of as being a wonderful way to engage your students in expository writing; rather than it being a bleak and sad occasion, turn it into the positive! With a fun activity of guess the individual and what accomplishment he or she is known for before guessing the identity of two individuals (Tupac and Rosa Parks) based on excerpts from their obituaries, students then get some close reading practice and take two column notes to create their criteria chart for this assignment with must have's and can do's while reading actual obituaries either from your school library or as online search; this PowerPoint and assignment can be used for literary greats, for athletes, famous individuals from history, as a showcase for Hispanic Cultures Month or Women's History Month, and takes the work out of the lesson for you with easy to follow directions, a timer to build excitement, an oral presentation rubric and culminating in a TedTalk link on one's legacy by Brian Meltzer, the assignment then coming full circle reflect on what students would like to be remembered by. This works phenomenally for urban education students, reluctant readers and writers, as a way for expository writing practice, and as character building: for what better way to think of one's life than for what you be remembered by? Please leave comments and let me know how this works for your own students! best, Rockermom
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