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With / Without A Thought

A compare/contrast structure to analyze the impact of thoughts

I was super surprised at how deep the conversation went because they are first graders. I thought it would be more of just basic talking about thoughts and feelings and stuff. But they actually really understood and went with it. I was really cool.

Andrea, 1st grade teacher, Ohio

High School Language Arts Teacher

OVERVIEW: A structure to help you analyze the influence of a thought.
 

WHEN TO USE: To analyze the impact and influence of a historical person’s thinking, a historical event, character analysis, or to reflect on a personal situation.

WHAT STUDENTS DO

  1. Identify a central thought that is believed by either a character, historical figure, group, or personally. Examples: “I’m not good enough.” “They’re a threat.” “There’s no point in trying.” 

  2. Compare and contrast what happened WITH THE THOUGHT with what happened WITHOUT THE THOUGHT. Explore the impact of the thought on emotions, words, communication, and actions. 

EXAMPLE

Compare/contrast based on listening to a personal narrative.

SKILLS

  • Civic Literacy

  • Media Literacy

  • Critical Thinking

  • Perspective Taking (intellectual empathy)

  • Decision analysis 

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Writing

GRADE

4-12 (and younger with modifications)

PREP TIME REQUIRED

As little as 5 minutes

EST. TIME

  • 10 minutes (as exit ticket)

  • or build a lesson around it

SUBJECTS

  • Social Studies, History

  • Language Arts

  • Engineering and Design

  • Science

  • Advisory

  • and more!

AT A GLANCE:

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Social studies examples
What happens with and without the thought?
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WWO flipped academic
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*Use a “flipped template” with these motivating thoughts

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