The lesson plan that follows requires students to imagine that they are a caped crusader attending a party with other superheroes.The learners create an original profile for their character and discuss this information in a speed dating session.
The bottom line is – students should become VERY familiar with the first prompt they are given.* Once they have identified the task of the prompt/ what is being asked of them, they should WRITE A CLEAR THESIS STATEMENT in response.
If they have immediate ideas for evidence that can be used to support their thesis, I encourage them to jot those ideas down below to help out the next guy, but they are only responsible for the thesis.
Students will brainstorm vocabulary related to the topic and then discuss some well-known quotes about love.
They will speak about how people can find love and read about Valentine’s traditions in the UK.
I give a brief introduction/explanation of what we are going to be doing (see attached handout) and then “start the timer.”From there, it goes like this…Round One (10 minutes) – Students READ the prompt they have been given and annotate it as needed.
*In my AP classes this includes identifying SOAPS (subject-occasion-audience-purpose-speaker) when applicable, and TOFA (topic, opinion, format, audience) in all my other classes.The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.Speed Dating, as a single word, is a registered trademark of Aish Ha Torah.Speed dating, as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events.At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to.