Why Do I Need to Know Why?

This lesson plan will teach students how to analyze a given content area (in this case math) and glean the important information regarding the purpose of studying the subject. It's an application lesson tailored to answer the question "Why do I need to learn this?"

By Ms. Mickelsen
July 20, 2016
10th Grade Math

Writing Prompt

In a small group, summarize Jill Barshay's main ideas in "Is It Better to Teach Pure Math Instead of Applied Math?". Describe the key evidence (or details) the author uses to inform his/her readers. Discuss the author's purpose for writing the text and identify the intended audience. Be ready to share your ideas with the rest of the class.
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10th Grade Literacy Standards in Math

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
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