1 class periods of 90 minutes each
This activity involves students responding to a writing prompt written in a RAFT activity format.
- chemistry textbook
- Ask students if they have ever watched a daytime talk show. Of course , they have. Ask about what subjects the shows generally feature. Roleplay a short segment to build students' interest. For example:
YOU: Hello (name), I hear you are a student at (school). What do you learn there?
STUDENT: We learn exciting information everyday. We study hard at night so we can be better prepared the next day.
YOU: (smiling with amazement) Can you specifically describe something you learned yesterday?
- Give student the following information and let them work in groups of two or three to develop the dialog.
- Groups must first pick an element and document it's properties. They must find a compound or compounds that the element forms and incorporate the properties of both the element and it's compounds into the dialog.
- The Assignment:
Role: A guest on a daytime talk show. The student is a specific atom of an element. The guest may bring the other element or elements that form the molecule under discussion.
Audience: Studio audience on talk show.
Format: Dialog between host and elements.
Topic: How bonding with the other atom(s) has changed his/her properties.
- Allow students time to research and write their dialog. Give them an example of the format for the writing that you wish. It should be similar to the example given.
- Give students copies of the rubric and go over before they begin writing.
- Allow student 2-3 minutes to present their dialogs to the class or have them work in groups with 4 or 5 other groups and present to the larger groups. The best from the larger groups can be presented to class as a whole.
Use this scoring rubric:
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.