Reflection: Joy It's Your (Un)Lucky Day: Developing Cultural Literacy Through Analysis & Discussion - Section 2: Introduction & Welcome: It's Friday the 13th!


As  noted, the purpose of these Daily Holidays is to increase student ownership/buy-in via engaging them in what seems to be, to them, off-topic conversation. The reading and discussion we address on these days allows students to build their strength in reading and understanding informational texts and speaking and listening to classroom discussions.

Across my classes, the Sophomores/Grade 10 students were almost evenly split on if Friday the 13th was lucky or unlucky, with unlucky leading by 4 votes. Students were intrigued to take a day to focus on culture rather than the material we had been reading. 

  Student Polls: Informal Assessment
  Joy: Student Polls: Informal Assessment
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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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