Activity: What is a “gap year”?

Florida State Standards

LAFS.1112.RL.1.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. Cognitive Complexity: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning

LAFS.1112.RI.1.3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text. Cognitive Complexity: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning

LAFS.1112.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. a. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. www.FLStandards.org | #FLStandards © 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. b. Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic. c. Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts. d. Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic. e. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing. f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).

LAFS.1112.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

LAFS.1112.W.3.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation

LAFS.1112.SL.2.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

 

Introduction:  A gap year can be taken to provide for personal growth and exploration of self.  What you do with a gap year will be important to future years.  It can be anything from taking unique courses to volunteer work to working to accumulate money for furthering your education. 

Teacher Needs

Laptop/desktop

Internet access

NEXT magazine – What is a “gap year”?

Enough of the following for each group

Posterboard

Markers

Scissors

Glue

Rulers

 

Student Needs

Laptop/desktop

Internet access

NEXT magazine – What is a “gap year”?

Posterboard

Markers

Scissors

Glue

Rulers

 

Teacher Transcript and Student Instructions

  1. Teacher: Have the students read the NEXT Magazine article, “What is a “gap year”? Clarify any questions the students might have after reading the article.
  2. Teacher – Place students in small groups of 2 or 3
  3. Teacher – Using index cards write the following (one on each) – adventure, educational, skill building, cultural, personal growth, athletics and sports, volunteer work, and work experience. Have one student from each group choose 3 of the index cards noting which topics chosen and return the cards to the basket.  Do this with each group.
  4. Teacher – Display instructions using a presentation app.

Student Instructions:  Each group will research one activity that fits with the topic chosen.  This will relate to what can be experienced during a gap year.  On a large posterboard, students should display their choices for each topic along with the details of what, when, where, why, and how in a creative way. HINT:  Educational = take a course learning how to train service dogs to assist Veterans.

  1. Teacher – When complete, each group will present their choices to the class and display the posterboard on a bulletin board entitled, “Gap year journeys”.   

 

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