Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Subject:
Education, English Language Arts, Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
3, 4, 5
Tags:
  • Community Influence
  • Epic
  • Erskine
  • Inclusion
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Differences

    Differences

    Overview

    In this lesson, students will learn about their classmates and teacher in a way that builds community and cohesiveness in the learning environment. Using the book, Playing for Change, students will discuss differences in the characters who were accepted and those who were not. In pulling these elements out of the plot, students will then identify differences in themselves that possibly relate to others in the classroom. 

    Lesson Overview

    Please adapt the lesson activity to fit your students' abilities and interests.

    Introduction

    In this lesson, students will learn about their classmates and teacher in a way that builds community and cohesiveness in the learning environment. Using the book, Playing for Change, students will discuss differences in the characters who were accepted and those who were not. In pulling these elements out of the plot, students will then identify differences in themselves that possibly relate to others in the classroom. 

    Grades 3 – 5

    Themes

    • Inclusion
    • Belonging
    • Respect for differences
    • Kindness

    Objectives

    During this lesson, students will:

    • Discuss differences that characters in the featured text have that are accepted and are not accepted in the society and time in which they live.
    • Compare differences of characters to themselves to better connect with the text, themselves, and their classmates.
    • Support character analysis with evidence from the text (as grade-level appropriate), including historical facts included from the author.

    Essential Questioning

    Students should be able to answer these questions by the end of this lesson:

    • How do historical facts create a story with characters?
    • How do I relate to characters with differences?
    • Does the way I treat people with differences matter?

    Indiana Academic Standards

    • INSS.ELA-3.RN.2.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
    • INSS.ELA-3.RN.4.1 Distinguish between fact and opinion; explain how an author uses reasons and facts to support specific points in a text.
    • INSS.ELA-4.RN.2.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what a text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
    • INSS.ELA-4.RN.4.1 Distinguish between fact and opinion; explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support a statement or position (claim) in a text.
    • INSS.ELA-5.RN.2.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what a text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
    • INSS.ELA-5.RN.4.1 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support claims in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which claims.

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