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Get your students thinking with these critical thinking exercises!
Begin your school year with small manageable assignments before you turn to larger textbooks. I use famous speeches to introduce my students to themes that I will develop during the semester. My speech units are self-contained and ready to go for you or a substitute teacher! This unit focuses on Shakespeare's St. Crispin's Day Speech. This speech raises questions regarding the following: honour, duty, sacrifice, courage, and the concept of immortality through fame. Grades 7 to 12. $
Cool Bulletin Board idea to "spotlight" a student or famous person. I would do both. Maybe every week a different actor, playwright, designer, etc to research to extra credit or a weekly report, and every now and then a student, to make them feel special having been up on the same wall as a big name.
Turn historical figures into Wanted Figures. This can especially effective if you have students take the point of view of one side of a war or battle. Why would the English put George Washington on a Wanted Poster?