I needed something light, fun, and engaging to take us through the last 8 weeks of school. This is what I came up with! A unit on the supernatural! Kids love it, and I with a little help from my twitter PLN I was able to gather/create a ton of resources! A very special thanks to Caitlin Hudgins, Carrie Toth, Carol Gaab, Martina Bex, and Cynthia Hitz for all of their help with this, whether they realized it or not!
- What is “supernatural?”
- What are some examples of different types of supernatural creatures/events that occur in movies and stories?
- How do people react when faced with a supernatural occurrence?
- Why are we fascinated by the supernatural?
- Do different cultures have different ways of portraying/explaining/relating to supernatural events?
- Why do some people believe and others don’t believe?
- Is belief in the supernatural a cultural thing?
- How do our religious beliefs affect our reaction or ability to process something that appears supernatural?
- Are there supernatural phenomena that YOU believe in?
- I can identify vocabulary used to discuss the supernatural.
- I can compare and contrast various supernatural phenomena from the stories we learned about in class.
- I can make inferences and predictions about unknown elements of a story.
- I can recall main events as well as details from and understandably re-tell a story about a supernatural phenomenon.
- I can describe my own beliefs about the supernatural.
- I can inquire about the beliefs of others in the supernatural.
- I can create my own supernatural story using vocabulary and concepts from the various resources we studied.
Please view my entire unit on the supernatural here.
To assess this unit my students are doing an interpersonal conversation as well as an in-class essay.
For the interpersonal conversation, I made a set of picture cards (download sobrenatural_pics) of various supernatural creatures/phenomena from the unit, and also a set of question cards (download speaking assessment questions). Students selected their own groups of 3.
Each student will select a picture card randomly, as well as 3 question cards randomly. They will then discuss the cards they chose and ask each other the questions. I will encourage them to make up their own additional questions as well! I will let you know how it goes after they do this next week!
Essay for Lo Sobrenatural “Los Cucos” (gracias to @senoraCMT for this!)
- Select 3 of the pieces we looked at – Explain how they have a common thread.
- Compare 2 of the “cucos” with your own childhood cuco.
- Compare 2 of the “cucos” with a favorite cuco from a movie or book.
- Why is it sometimes scarier when you can’t SEE the scary thing? Use the film/videos/novels/stories to explain your point.