Who Am I/My Culture Assignment

To dig a little deeper and connect my Tuesdays with Morrie unit to Narrative writing, which my students have and will be doing for the remainder of the year, I decided to create a ‘Who Am I/My Culture’ Assignment.

To lead into this assignment, we had an in-class discussion about culture and what the characters, Morrie and Mitch, had to say about their personal cultures, American culture, and culture in general. Then we related these ideas to our personal lives and started brainstorming aspects of our personal cultures: family life, traditions, sports, music, heirlooms, etc.  Continue reading

ALS Web Quest

Sometimes to understand a concept fully, students need to research and learn about the concept outside of the classroom discussion. This I’ve learned with Tuesdays with Morrie and his condition ALS [Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis].

When we started discussing the novel, we talked about ALS, about the Ice Bucket Challenge, and even watched a short clip on someone struggling with ALS [To see that lesson, click here]. However, even with that previous knowledge, I realized my students didn’t know what ALS was like.  Continue reading