Christmas traditions are a fascinating subject for students of all ages. Projects that incorporate objectives across the curriculum are a great way to evaluate critical thinking skills in your students. As a remedial reading teacher for high school students deficient in reading, developing critical thinking and comprehension skills can be difficult to evaluate on a test. A project can help the student develop and use comprehension, organizational, and analyzing skills in a creative manner without losing interest. My high school students, even the ninth graders, love the opportunity to explore a topic and create a unique way to present the information to the class. Below you will find a simple plan for developing a lesson plan for the project on Christmas traditions in different countries. You know the abilities of your students; keep them in mind when planning the project.
Objective : Students will research different countries to locate information about the traditions and beliefs surrounding Christmas; students will organize, analyze, and present the information to the class in the creative format of their choice.
Reading for information
Organizing information located into simple outline
Develop the outline into simple report
Develop several audio/audio-visual aids for presentation
Develop presentation format of choice
Present the information to the class in organized manner.
Choose a country to study for Christmas traditions.
Discuss and practice how to cite information located in an encyclopedia on note cards.
Using encyclopedias, read for information.
Using note cards take notes from encyclopedia on traditions of country and cite the encyclopedia correctly.
Visit the library and locate books and Internet sources with information needed.
Assist students with citing the sources on note cards as they read for information and take notes.
Organize the note cards by topics.
Use the note cards to write a simple outline for report.
Suggest ideas for audio-visual aids to assist in presentation of project such as power points, posters, virtual field trips, examples of food and culture.
Go over tips for giving a good oral presentation.
Check note cards for accuracy in citing the sources.
Match note cards to outline.
Match note cards and outline to written report.
Use check sheets for grading the written report, the audio-visual aids, and the oral presentation.
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