Thematic Language Arts
The basis of the unit is language arts but moves beyond to involve research skills, problem solving, and higher-level thinking. The unit revolves around a motivating theme (courage, science fiction, the Olympics, and mythology) and includes ready-to-use activities, teacher directions, student directions, and assessments. The format includes standards, a unit focus, Bloom's learning levels, and suggested products. Web sites and resources are recommended for researching for middle school students.
Going for the Gold
Researching Olympic games then and now
Expository essay writing comparing ancient and present-day Olympics
Re-creation of the ancient coliseum and the Olympic games
Researching “Amazing Athletes”