Resource Activity 2: Finding BIG Ideas/ Reflection
Activity 2: Finding BIG Ideas/ Reflection
  • Created By melissa
  • Description:
    1. Share one of the universal ideas lists with your students.
    2. Have students think back to the story of the Little Red Hen (from activity 1). Ask students which big ideas they think were represented in that story and why.
    3.Have students think back to the Liars story (from activity 1). Ask students which big ideas they think were represented in that story and why.
    4. In groups of 2-4 have students pretend to be reporters. The assignment is to pick one of the stories from above and create a list of ten questions about a the big ideas related to one of the stories.

    For Example: If I picked the Little Red Hen story...
    Big Ideas: Community, necessity of work, power
    Possible Questions for the Red Hen:
    -What made you continue to ask for help even after you kept getting turned down?
    -Do you think people can change?
    -What do you think motivates people?
    -Do you feel any social responsibility to the others in your community?
    -What do you wish would have happened in that situation?
    -What would you have done if no one wanted to help you eat the bread? Do you want to be needed?

    5. Have students share their questions aloud with the group.
    6. Have students listen to the "Questions" clip. This is a good way to illustrate the point that a reporter needs to be prepared with a host of big ideas questions before interviewing a person. This can help steer the interview in a way that you intend for it to go.
  • Purpose:
    To help students draw conclusions and understand big ideas in a story.
  • Targets: Teacher
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