The Nature of Happiness: Writing Activities
Activity 1: Individual Summarizing EdPuzzle Activity
Watch the video and answer the questions. Note: The teacher will not be able to record answers unless he/she has a free EdPuzzle.com account. Create your own free account or open this activity in EdPuzzle.Note: To see captions, press the Play button and then the CC button.Activity 2: Individual Summarizing Practice
At IXL Learning, students read a passage, then answer questions about the background, problem, and solution. After, students practice their summarizing skills with a drag and drop activity.Activity 3: Individual Summarizing Assignment
Description: Students read the following article: Teens Who Spend Less Time in Front of the Screen are Happier—to a Point and summarize the article in 100-200 words.
Note: this article is also available on Newsela, where it can be adapted to each individual student’s reading level (search for "teen screen time"). Get a free account. to track your students' assignments.
Alternate group activity: In groups, students divide up the article and summarize a portion, then check each other’s work before combining their summaries in order and turning the final product in.
Use the Summarizing Rubric for grading.