"IT'S YOUR LIFE" By; Norman Holmes Jr., DCPS Retired
This lesson has been written for "Urban Inner City" middle school students to educate them to the fact that decisions made by them as early as eleven years of age may determine the eventual outcomes of their lives.
Thinking Maps: A Language For Learning are being utilized to spearhead classroom instruction. Individual white boards.
On the board write this:
In your lifetime you will make four to five critical decisions. What you decide will determine the outcome of your life.
This lesson can take up to one to two days to complete. You will use the Bubble Map to do this lesson and individual white boards.
(Explain what a Premise Statement is)
Premise - a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
Discuss the validity of the Premise Statement Do you believe this Premise Statement is true?
Explain how to do a Bubble Map.
Divide the class into two groups. One group will do Yes/Why and on group will do No/Why not.
Yes/why no/why not
Do a Bubble map for Yes/Why.
Do a Bubble map for No/Why not.
This lesson can take up to one to two days to complete. You will use the Tree Map to do this lesson and individual white boards.
What are the four to five critical decisions you can make that may/will determine the outcome of your life? This lesson can take up to three days to complete.
Begin with a discussion to determine the possible four to five critical decisions.
You are trying to uncover the following critical decisions.
• Whether or not to engage/participate in unprotected sex. (There is no such thing as love before the age of twenty,)
• Whether or not to participate in an illegal activity.
• The value of having a quality education. (You education tree maps should be divided into the following categories.)
1. No high school education
2. High school education
3. Technical degree
4. College degree
5. Advanced college degree
• Who you decide to marry/live with.
Each student is to develop a personal Tree Map to review the possible outcome for their lives. The Premise Statement is on the top line of their Tree Map.
Did we validate the Premise Statement?