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I love creating templates, study guides, and activities that prompt students to develop insights about literature and to create well structured essays. My lessons and activities can be adapted to fit with a wide range of literary units, but they all promote critical thinking and creativity!

I love creating templates, study guides, and activities that prompt students to develop insights about literature and to create well structured essays. My lessons and activities can be adapted to fit with a wide range of literary units, but they all promote critical thinking and creativity!
12th Grade English Speech Assignment: Endorse or Refute a Cultural Claim
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12th Grade English Speech Assignment: Endorse or Refute a Cultural Claim

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Students' task in this assignment is to explore how people think about some issue, teach their audience to be consciously aware of why we think this way, and then persuade the audience how to construct meaning on this issue. If students endorse a claim, they suggest that people will benefit from continuing to operate according to this worldview. If they refute the claim, they suggest that we should abandon it and replace it with something new. This speech assignment is complex and thought-provoking. It walks students through brainstorming techniques for recognizing the cultural claims that influence their thinking without their even realizing it. The assignment provides a wealth of strategies for exploring a cultural claim and gives examples for how those strategies could be used to persuade an audience regarding their chosen topic.
Student-Led Discussion Prep Worksheet
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Student-Led Discussion Prep Worksheet

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This 2-page worksheet guides students to prepare questions, research, personal connections, and important passages that they will share when leading a class discussion on selected chapters of a text. It works well for a fishbowl discussion or as a prelude to a literature circles unit. Students who have completed this worksheet will be prepared to lead at least fifteen minutes worth of in-depth discussion of a novel. Having practiced four different types of preparation, they will then have the experience needed to successfully play the roles of director, researcher, connector, or text expert in a lit circle discussion where they must keep discussion going without the instructor's input. Available for download as .pdf or .docx