Night: A critical thinking activity that requires students to compare the Holocaust with other genocides in history. They will consider questions posed by the teacher (cause, effect, solution, similarities, differences, etc) and then respond in a
Inherit the Wind vs. Footloose: Students will write an essay on the dramatic work and the film and compare and contrast the characters/archetypes, conflicts, plot, themes, etc. Great to get students interested in a canonical text by using pop
This is a fantastic activity if your students are reading Lord of the Flies. Four thought provoking questions are posed (none of which have a "right" answer) and students engage in a Socratic Seminar which they love. Discussing the question, raising
Students immediately love The Outsiders, and it is the favorite text among my 8th graders. They can appreciate and relate to the themes, and value an outlet to discuss important issues in their lives, communities and world.
Studying the themes in
Students learning how to write formally often struggle and become overwhelmed with formulaic essay writing and incorporating all of the necessary components formal essays need. However, this foundation will ensure that they become sound writers in
A critical thinking activity that requires students to compare the events in the text, namely the gang related violence, with current events in their respective communities. They will consider questions posed by the teacher (cause, effect, solution,