Awesome Stories Lessons

Winter 2015

Jill Garry 2012

Read the story brief  Awesome Stories: Lessons for an Advanced Level ESL Classroom

Fall 2015

Arthur Ashe

Read the mini-story about the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Summer 2015 

Read the mini-story about Arthur Ashe’s Courage

Spring 2015

Starry Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Read the Awesome Stories Lesson Plan for Vincent Van Gogh.

Complete the activities.  Click on the icons to view samples of student work.

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December 14 – December 18

AWESOME STORIES LESSON FOR MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

Day 1 – 5, Mary, Queen of Scots

Go to Awesome Stories and click on Browse All Collections. Click on Famous People.  Click on All Stories. Use the Next arrow to browse the titles until you come to Mary, Queen of Scots. Click on the Icon for  Mary, Queen of Scots.

GRAMMAR PRACTICE 

Read the first and second paragraphs in the story preface. Copy the sentences that have clauses offset by commas.  Describe the type of clause used in each sentence.

  1. READING ASSIGNMENTS
  2. In class reading: Pages 1 – 2
  3. Reading HOMEWORK:  DAY 1, page 3, DAY 2, pages 4-5, DAY 3, pages 6-7, DAY 4, pages 8-9, DAY 5, pages 10 – 11

2. WRITING ASSIGNMENT

Mary, Queen of Scots experienced an arranged marriage and a love marriage, both of which brought her much sorrow.  Write about arranged marriage today.  Does it have a place in modern society?  Is it part of your cultural past? Do parents have a better sense of an appropriate marriage partner for their children?

3. PARTNER WORK: 

Write 4 facts and 4 opinions from the story here:

Facts Opinions
 1.
 2.
 3.
 4.

4. Write the supporting details from the story here:

Who What
When Where
How Why

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

DAY 1: What events caused Mary Stuart’s happy times to end?

DAY 2: Why was marrying Bothwell a disastrous move?

DAY 3: What was Mary, Queen of Scot’s, sin of omission?

DAY 4: What was Mary’s one last surprise for those who witnessed her death?

DAY 5: What life lesson did you learn from the story of Mary, Queen of Scots’ difficult life?

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November 4 – November 7

AWESOME STORIES LESSON FOR REMEMBER THE TITANS

Day 1 – 5, Remember The Titans

Go to Awesome Stories and click on Browse All Collections. Click on Film.  Click on See All Stories. Use the Next arrow to browse the titles until you come to Remember the Titans. Click on the Icon for Remember the Titans.

  1. READING ASSIGNMENTS
  2. In class reading: pages 1 –2.
  3. Reading HOMEWORK: DAY 1, page 3, DAY 2, pages 4-5, DAY 3, pages 6-7, DAY 4, pages 8-9, DAY 5, pages 10 – 11

 2. WRITING ASSIGNMENT

In your own words, write what was meant by “all deliberate speed” and why the objective of eliminating state imposed segregation took so long. Why did people oppose integration in sports? What was gained by forced integration? What work needs to be done today?

3. PARTNER WORK: Write 4 facts and 4 opinions from the story here:

Facts Opinions
 1.
 2.
 3.
 4.

4. Write the supporting details here:

Who What
When Where
How Why

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

DAY 1: Why was there political unrest in the country and what key points were hidden from the public?

DAY 2: What were the issues that concerned the student protesters and President Johnson?

DAY 3: How did the events of Kent State University and the mandate to integrate the schools set the stage for the changes that would occur in the 1970s?

DAY 4: What problems did Herman Boone, Bill Yoast and their football players overcome to make the Titans a winning team?

 DAY 5: Write about the lessons taught by coaches and players in their response to school integration and political unrest.

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September 8 – September 15

AWESOME STORIES LESSON FOR AMERICA ATTACKED

1. Go to www.awesomestories.com  and click on Browse All Collections. Click on Disasters, See All Stories. Click on the icon for  America Attacked – 9/11. 

READING ASSIGNMENTS

2. DAY 1 pages 1 – 2: In class reading assignment.

DAY 3: In class reading assignment: Page 5, The Attack – Flight 93 and DAY 5: Page 6 – World Trade Center – Flight 93

READING HOMEWORK: DAY 2 pages 3- 4, DAY 3 pages 5-6, DAY 4 pages 7-8, DAY 5 pages 9-11, DAY 6 pages 12-14

WRITING ASSIGNMENT

 3.  Weekly Writing Assignment: Write about what it means to be a hero. In your own words, why did Thomas Burnett become a hero when he said, “I know we’re going to die.  Three of us are going to do something about it.” Who were some of the other heroes when America was Attacked on September 11, 2001?

PARTNER WORK

4. Write 4 facts and 4 opinions from the story here:

Facts Opinions
 1.
 2.
 3.
 4.

 

5. Write the supporting details here:

Who What
When Where
How Why

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

DAY 1: What did the Twin Towers symbolize to you and what did they symbolize to the terrorists?

DAY 2: Why do you think the hijackers were biased against the U.S.?

DAY 3: How did the passengers on Flight 93 support or change the bias the hijackers felt towards Americans?

DAY 4: Why did the passengers on Flight 93 decide to take action rather than accept their fate?

DAY 5: What bias might some Americans have against people in Afghanistan or Iraq because of September 11, 2001?

DAY 6: What can we learn from this tragedy so that we can go forward without feeling biased towards others?

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