It is suggested that evidence of this life principle or the lack of it may be found in various forms of media - past, present, and future, and current real-life situations. It is recommended for learners to be engaged in a continuous search for life principle connections as part of the critical thinking process.
Objective: Learners connect the life principle with individual choices and apply in a personal situation.
- Learners brainstorm and select a situation that involves the life principle.
- (Problem-solving mind map)
- Use the Problem-solving C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Decision-making Worksheet to apply the life principle in the personal situation. Follow up with the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS™ Planning Sheet.
- Option: Create a personal goal plan using the C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Goal Setting Worksheet or the Goal Setting Planning Sheet
Objective: Learners will use a graphic organizer such as a Venn Diagram or T Chart to develop the concept of cause and effect within a life application situation.
- Introduce topic or have students brainstorm situations involving the life principle.
- Allow time for identification and discussion of the cause and effect within the topic through pair/share or Whole Group Discussion.
- Distribute the Venn Diagram , T Chart or Graphic Organizer: Cause & Effect (This is an interactive document) and allow time for learners to put their thoughts in writing.
- Offer time for pair share or small group discussion to compare ideas and add additional thoughts.
- Use whole group discussion to summarize the ideas shared. Have each learner write a statement drawing personal conclusions as to the cause and effect within the life application situation.
- As a group or individually have learners write a statement connecting the effects the life principle would have on the situation in relation to the 8 Expectations for Living, lines from the school/class creed, or other school-wide standards.
** Resources for helping students make choices:
** Resource for a Variety of Printable Graphic Organizers English and Spanish versions
Objective: Learners connect the life principle with individual choices made by characters in literature/media.
- Select an age level appropriate piece of literature/video that contains an example of the life principle. (See Resources section for each life principle)
- Introductory Activity: Introduce the Life Principle and have a pair/share using the following topics:
- What is a definition for ________________? (life principle)
- What does ________________ look like? (an example)
- What does ________________ look like in my life?
- What problems have you tried to solve?
- Ask the learners to be looking for examples of the life principle as the book is being read or as they watch the video. (See Resources Section for links)
- Questions to consider:
- What evidence of the life principle was found in the story?
- Did the life principle affect the outcome of the story? If so, how?
- How did the living out of the life principle affect the characters Negatively? Positively?
- Tools for Analyzing Literature/Media:
- ‘Hand’y Curriculum Connections Page One, Page Two
- C.R.O.S.S.ROADS Decision-making Worksheet
- Self Reflection strategies
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