If I Wasn't Me, What Would I be?

If I Wasn't Me, What Would I be?

purpose

FOCUS

INTEGRATION OF CONTENT/SUBJECT AREAS

STRATEGY/ACTIVITY

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 team, however, must come to a unified consensus about their choice of what they would like to be. Each team member must then contribute to explaining why that selection was made.

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.

Example

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!"

Choices
(This is a starter list. Feel free to make additions.)

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

EXTENDED RESEARCH

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,
For I am falser than vows made in wine."

"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."

ASSESSEMENT