Design Your Own Shoe - Art + Media Literacy

Design Your Own Shoe - Art + Media Literacy

This is an exciting learning task whereby students get the opportunity to design their own shoe and then create a media plan to market it. It combines curriculum expectations from both Art & Media Literacy. A variety of options are given to the students in terms of Art and Media forums that they can create with. I addition, I have added assessment rubrics to go along with the engaging assignment sheet! Create! Create! Create!
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Inquiry Unit: Exploring Growth Mindset Messages

Inquiry Unit: Exploring Growth Mindset Messages

In this unit, students are guided to inquire on the idea of Growth Mindsets and how they impact their lives and goal setting experiences. This unit has 6 lessons with corresponding graphic organizers. There are a variety of opportunities for assessment provided throughout this mini-unit. My objective for all of our students is that there will be an observable change in the way that our young people see their ability to fulfill their own high expectations. As a bonus, I have also add a list of supplemental summative assessment activities that you can also choose from to add to the richness of your instructional program. Inspire and Be Great!
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Guide to Writing a Critical Response

Guide to Writing a Critical Response

Critical Thinking is the Key! This is a guide I created for students to support their writing of a "Critical Response." This guide prompts students with general critical thinking questions and success criteria for a critical writing response. I have also updated this file with a critical response feedback sheet that has a checklist and rubric so students can receive descriptive feedback from you.
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Critical Inquiry Unit on Personal Identity (Part 2): How I See Me

Critical Inquiry Unit on Personal Identity (Part 2): How I See Me

This is part 2 that includes lessons 4 - 10 and the corresponding graphic organizers and resources. Students will continue their exploration of expectations in Language, Drama, and Art. This part of the unit has multiple opportunities for authentic assessments! If you reviewed or proceeded through Part 1 of this unit, then you are aware of the depth of learning that this unit is targeting. This second part of the unit extends that learning to explore social contexts, relationships, and media that impact personal identity. The Learning Objective of this unit is for students to explore their personal identities in a safe space and to think critically about how their identities are affected by external factors. In addition, through the sharing of ideas, students are also learning to recognize and appreciate the differences in the identities of others.
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Critical Thinking Unit: 6 Thinking Hats of Debono

Critical Thinking Unit: 6 Thinking Hats of Debono

This mini unit is an engaging way for your class to explore different perspectives on critical thinking and group dynamics. Multi media is used in the introduction to guide the students towards an understanding of different ways of thinking about a "critical issue." The 6 Hats Theory is introduced to the students and they are led through a series of activities where they need to make critical decisions. Students are offered a variety of ways to show what they know (that tap into multiple intelligences). I have offered a number of model critical issues to be used in the classroom however the issues can be tailored to your classroom and your students. I've created self-reflection sheets for students at the middle school and senior levels. Enjoy!
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Inquiry Unit: Exploring Growth Mindset Messages

Inquiry Unit: Exploring Growth Mindset Messages

In this unit, students are guided to inquire on the idea of Growth Mindsets and how they impact their lives and goal setting experiences. This unit has 6 lessons with corresponding graphic organizers. There are a variety of opportunities for assessment provided throughout this mini-unit. My objective for all of our students is that there will be an observable change in the way that our young people see their ability to fulfill their own high expectations. As a bonus, I have also add a list of supplemental summative assessment activities that you can also choose from to add to the richness of your instructional program. Inspire and Be Great!
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Lyric Mash-UP

Lyric Mash-UP

These lesson activities guide student to think critically about the choices that they make with respect to musical artists to listen, and further to interrogate the messages that they are receiving. Students are challenged to see song lyrics as a construct purposed reflect the artist's identity and to possible to convey a reflection on so social issue. After critical reflection on underlying ideas that they've inferred from existing songs, students are guided to be composers of powerful messages themselves using a unique format. Full lessons and graphic organizers are included. Enjoy and please feel free to share your feedback! Be great! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
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Critical Analysis: Self Reflection On Stereotypes

Critical Analysis: Self Reflection On Stereotypes

I drafted this graphic organizer as a reflective piece for my students after we'd completed the modules of our iM Project ("inspire myself) on Gender Equity. This reflective piece leads students through an analysis of stereotypes that they are exposed to in their environment. Students are guided toward a reflection of media that they analyze and a real hard look at how they honestly respond to stereotypes and the part that they will play in creating change. I feel that this reflection piece is important in teaching as we push towards generating learning experiences that are authentic and allow our students to transfer their knowledge and new understandings into their own environments where they can make real impacts.
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Inquiry Unit: Music Makes Me Think (Analyzing Song Lyrics and Social Impacts)

Inquiry Unit: Music Makes Me Think (Analyzing Song Lyrics and Social Impacts)

"Things that make you go hmm?" Song lyrics can be nonsensical, but they can also be powerful conduits to inspire social change...or at least social inquiry. Challenge the social awareness and critical consciousness of your students with this Music / Language Inquiry Unit. This Inquiry Unit contains 6 lessons and graphic organizers that create an opportunity for students to explore the many ways in which contemporary song lyrics impact our society by asking listeners to think about a variety of social issues. The culminating assessment is a choice matrix that differentiates the modes by which the students can creatively and meaningfully express what they've learned.
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Patterns in Physical Geography: Survival Kit

Patterns in Physical Geography: Survival Kit

This learning task allows students to research a geographic region considering a number of geographical patterns, and then use that knowledge to create a survival kit in the scenario that they faced an emergency situation in that region. This is a creative and fun way for the students to show what they've learned about different regions around the world!
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Design Your Own Shoe - Art + Media Literacy

Design Your Own Shoe - Art + Media Literacy

This is an exciting learning task whereby students get the opportunity to design their own shoe and then create a media plan to market it. It combines curriculum expectations from both Art & Media Literacy. A variety of options are given to the students in terms of Art and Media forums that they can create with. I addition, I have added assessment rubrics to go along with the engaging assignment sheet! Create! Create! Create!
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Critical Inquiry Unit: Debunking the Code of Silence

Critical Inquiry Unit: Debunking the Code of Silence

The learning objective of this unit is to explore through inquiry the "Code of Silence," its definition, impacts and the means by which it is propagated. Students are really challenged in this unit to think critically about their choices and the beliefs behind those choices. The 8 lessons provided learning activities for students to engage in a rich inquiry both in and out of context. Multiple opportunities for assessments are woven throughout the unit. Unique graphic organizers and materials are provided for teachers here. Please feel free to share your feedback! Be Great!
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Summer STEM Journal

Summer STEM Journal

Are you concerned about the summer "Brain Drain?" The summer time is a great time for students to engage in STEM learning outside of the classroom! I've created this journal template as a way for students to keep track of challenges they are identifying around the house and taking steps to design innovative solutions. Students will have the opportunity to continue their engagement with Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics throughout the summer! I have built in a reflection piece so that students can reflect on the skills that they are developing as they explore STEM. I have also provided an online resource for students to explore, in addition to a Teacher Resource section in case you'd like to integrate technology and make this an interactive journal experience for your students. You also have the opportunity to use this with your students throughout the school year. Be great!
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Critical Inquiry Unit - Why We Resist

Critical Inquiry Unit - Why We Resist

This is an inquiry unit that allows students to explore current events through a critical lens. Specifically, students are guided through 9 learning experiences where they explore themes of RESISTANCE and RESILIENCE in the face of power inequities. The unit engages students with particular model social justice issues but guides students to explore others while engaging in reflective thought about their own resiliency and ability to be agents of change. The lessons themselves are fluid and open such that they can be responsive to student directions in the inquiry. Guiding questions are provided throughout as a provocation for student thinking. Good luck in your pursuits of "Why People Resist in the face of Overwhelming Forces!" Be Great!
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Inquiry Unit: This Is Happiness

Inquiry Unit: This Is Happiness

This inquiry unit guides students through an exploration of the concept of "Happiness." Students will investigate through a variety of activities, their own conceptions of happiness, how it influences relationships with others and finally how it is measured on a global scale of sustainable well being. Within this unit, 12 lessons (some with multiple parts) are provided for you, using a 3 part framework and uniquely designed graphic organizers. Multiple opportunities for technological integration and assessment are provided throughout the unit in addition to literacy integration that extends from quotes to sundry engagements with media!
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Wordy! Wordy! Wordy-One Word Debates

Wordy! Wordy! Wordy-One Word Debates

This package provides lesson activities and graphic organizers for an engaging and challenging learning experience that develops both oral language and critical thinking. Students are guided to plan, organize and deliver cogent One Word Arguments! A great oral learning task that can be used to developed students skills over the course of the year. Please feel free to share your feedback! Be Great! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
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Mathematical Me

Mathematical Me

In these Learning Tasks, students will be guided to inquire and reflect on their identity as math learners.Engaging lessons, complete with graphic organizers are provided so that you may learn with your students about how they see themselves as math students and more generally as learners. The platform is also set for Goal Setting and reflection on both student and teacher agency in contributing to students success. These tasks can be both an engaging learning experience for your learners at the beginning of the year as well as a platform for you to collect data about your students that can serve to inform an shape your classroom instruction. Please enjoy and feel free to share your feedback! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
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Deciphering Digital Messages

Deciphering Digital Messages

This inquiry unit guides students to think critically about the dynamics and challenges of communicating effectively in virtual space. This unit includes multiple learning tasks and graphic organizers to support students exploration of both creating and deciphering unique message in virtual space. Throughout the unit, students are challenged to think critically about how messages can be interpreted by different societal groups. Each of the 4 detailed learning tasks engage students in rich authentic learning leading to a deeply engaging culminating sharing of learning. Throughout the unit, I have also offered suggestions for tech integration for all you 2.0 teachers! Please enjoy and feel free share your feedback! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
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Pondering Privilege

Pondering Privilege

In these learning tasks, students are guided to inquire about the biases that lead us to ascribe more value to particular attributes or groups than others. The concept of Privilege is developed and investigated as students are asked to think critically about people that they esteem. Through a variety of engaging learning experiences, graphic organizers and opportunities to share learning using technology, students will be reflecting on their own identities and how they are reflected in society. Please feel free to share your feedback! Be Great! Created by Ryan Richards Copyright © 2016 Ryan Richards All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
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