Tuesday/Wednesday - Begin "This I Believe" writing unit. Begin class with interactive "What Do You Think?" activity. Students will give their beliefs on 15 different statements. The students will move around the room and share thier thoughts. After discussing, the students will choose the three statements that mean the most to them and write a detailed paragraph on each.
Thursday - DO NOW: What is a personal belief? How does a personal belief come to be for a person? What I Learned from Charlie Brown activity. Share out as the students feel comfortable. Choosing favorite personal beliefs from a list. Think-pair-share about student choices. Exit slip: What is one personal belief that you wholeheartedly believe in? Why?
Friday - Revisit exit slip from previous class. Five Belief Topics activity. Partner work. Two belief statement worksheet. Students will fill out independently. Listen to first podcast.