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Teaching Plot and Inference with Harrison Bergeron

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I love teaching Harrison Bergeron.  I take a whole week to go through it.  And my kids seem to love it too... which makes me love it even more. Things You Will Need to Teach This Lesson: ·          Instructions ·          Harrison Bergeron PowerPoint  ·          Index Cards ·          Bill of Rights ·          Day 1 Opener Handout  ·          “Harrison Bergeron” ·          Harrison Bergeron Plot Points  ·          Harrison Bergeron Plot and Inference Chart  ·          Harrison Bergeron Plot and Inference Chart Answer Key  ·          2081  ·          Harrison Bergeron vs. 2081 Handout  Lesson: Activity One: What is your best quality? As the students walk into class, hand them an index card.  Using slides 1 and 2, introduce the story that you’re about to read.  Have the students write their best quality on the index card.  Once students have completed the task, split them into four different groups based on their best quality: ·          Th

'Tis the Season

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We had three weeks this month: the first week was taken up by STAAR retesting.  The third week was all about semester exams.  This left me with only the second week of December for anything instructional.  It also meant that December was going to be a themed WEEK instead of a themed MONTH. What better than the true meaning of Christmas!? [ DAY 1 AND 2: FREEWRITE AND ARTICLE ] I first posed the question:  What is the true meaning of Christmas?   I made sure to tell the kids that there was no right or wrong answer; I only wanted to know their opinion.  Then I gave them some guidelines: They had to write for 5 minutes. Their answers had to be thoughtful. They needed to write at least three sentences (I know… I know… but for some of these kids writing is torture.). Then we shared out.  And oh boy.  Most answers included presents, spending time with family, and getting time off from school.  I did have one kid explain that Christmas wasn’t about presents, but about char