Friday, September 5, 2014

Relevance is the super power of any lesson

How do you take a cold, cold standard and turn it into a warm and inviting lesson? Relevance. Relate the standard to student’s hearts and minds by making it applicable to their lives.  Let’s try it with the common core state standard below.

Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.

For the bookworms
Start with and have students search for a book they loved. They can read both a glowing and disappointing review and complete the standard reading about something for which they have passion.

For the sporty students
These students would probably do well with reading up on both of the arguments regarding if college athletes should be paid.  Imagine how all the information might help them when they sign up to play college ball!

For the history buffs
Explore a non-fiction and fiction piece on WWI or insert your favorite history topic. How does the fiction author treat the time period differently than the non-fiction writer?   This is really interesting stuff!  Students would engage at another level with this approach! 

For the future engineers
Read the launch information and a review of the latest and greatest technology gadget. How do the company and a non-partial write up compare?

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