Reflection: Joy It's Your (Un)Lucky Day: Developing Cultural Literacy Through Analysis & Discussion - Section 3: If It Wasn't for Bad Luck: Student Superstition

 

Although I planned for eight to ten minutes for this activity, I needed to be flexible because it engaged students and in each class it went long. Since the students were sharing their thoughts and being respectful of others, I felt it was worth continuing the discourse, especially as students were drawn in and enjoyed the conversation.

When conversations take on a life of their own, as this one did today, I believe in allowing students to continue the line of inquiry, it keeps the classes engaged, and allows them to develop the passions for learning that will carry them through the lessons they find to be more "rote" or less engaging on a personal level.

  Joy: Students Sharing Superstitions
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It's Your (Un)Lucky Day: Developing Cultural Literacy Through Analysis & Discussion

Unit 18: Cultural Literacy: Holiday Insights and American Traditions
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: SWBAT draw inferences from an in-class reading on "Friday the 13th" in order to propel conversation, engage and incorporate others, and clarify and challenge ideas by participating in a class discussion.

Big Idea: Is Friday the 13th your unlucky day? Students examine possible origins for the superstitions surrounding the holiday and share their own superstitions.

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English / Language Arts, cultural tradition, class discussion, Cultural Literacy, Friday the 13th, Holidays, American Holidays
  45 minutes
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