Friday, February 6, 2015

English Language Arts Lessons – "FEBRUARY FLAIR Acrostic: Letter U"

February 6th is U day

By: Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

Today, February 6th is U day on the English Language Arts Lessons – FEBRUARY FLAIR Acrostic list. The U in this post stands for


Unconventional Inventions
     To introduce this lesson, ask your students "What invention would make your day and/or your life easier, safer, more productive, happier, etc?" and, "What invention would benefit the world?"

      Next,  explain to them that their mission during the month is to invent something. This innovation may be for personal, business or recreational use in the home, the workplace or for the world at large, and can be something tangible, or something more along the lines of software.

      These  questions open students’ minds to a lesson on advertising and propaganda techniques. Although I have used these projects in my creative writing classes, they could be adapted for a journalism class where students need to learn the differences between fact and fiction for news writing. They also offer a terrific supplemental activity after reading and discussing Animal Farm by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Hunger Games or Divergent trilogies, or after any other novel where the use of propaganda is prevalent, and where unconventional inventions would be a benefit to the characters.

      With this activity, students will exhibit their range of thinking skills from knowledge through evaluation. They will also reveal their analytic and critical-thinking skills in writing and talking.

      Stay warm, stay stress-free and stay lesson planned with the Letter U.

      Happy Teaching,

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