Stocking up for the Next Millennium
Students look back on the inventions, concepts, cultural items, and literary contributions of the past one hundred years. As a class, the students determine the things that have survived through the 20th century, think about why these things have survived, and finally, compose a presentation based on the research they do in favor of one thing that should withstand the 21st century.
5-12 (The concepts and ideas should get more sophisticated as the students get older.)
Language Arts, Social Studies
Writing, Current Events, History
Students will be able to:
Gain exposure to a wide range of information available on the Internet, including biographies, timelines, company reports, photographs, and text.
Write a persuasive piece, making a case for their selection.
Study the item in question, its purpose in society, and the benefits it brings to future generations.
Use of Internet
Students use the Internet as a tool for research, communication (with peers or experts) and collaboration.
This lesson plan was developed by Anna Chan Rekate, a teacher at the Manhattan School for Children in New York.