Students will use their experiences or knowledge about the various content areas to complete the following activity. They are to be grouped in teams and work as a cooperative unit.
Each team may select any one of the choices listed below and complete the open-ended statement.
The designation of the various subject areas within the text is an aid for the teacher. You may have the students orally express the areas represented.
If I wasn't me, I would like to be a tall oak tree [science].
My rationale for wanting to be an oak tree is because an oak tree is sturdy and strong. It has to be strong because it grows primarily in northern climates [geography]. There are at least 300 different species [math]. Its leaves provide shade to those who are sweltering, weary, and worn. The oak tree is like me in that it is dependable as well as beautiful. It stands tall, straight, and magnificent, like a knight during the times of King Arthur [English literature].
As its leaves gently sway in the breeze as though dancing to a waltz [music], they seem to say, "I am beautiful, I help to make life more enjoyable. I am truly something!"
Students are to decide on what kind of tree--oak, spruce, etc.
Which car--Buick, Ford, Lexus
Which part of speech--verb, adverb, or adjective
Date in history
Part of Speech
Read the quote by Shakespeare: "We are such stuff as dreams are made of."
A Partial List of Shakespeare's Sayings
"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie."
"A young man married is a man that's marred."
"Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear."
"The nature of bad news infects the teller."
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."
"I pray you, do not fall in love with me,
"I thought her as chaste as unsunn'd snow."
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
"Presume not that I am the thing I was."
"False face must hide what the false heart doth know."
Excerpted from Beyond Rhetoric and Rainbows: A Journey to the Place Where Learning Lives ©1996 University of Illinois Extension.