How to Bake Pi (Eugenia Cheng)

This lesson teaches students to recognize mathematical terms and concepts in a video interview and a newspaper article.

By Ms. Korshavn
July 20, 2016
11th Grade Math

Writing Prompt

In the New York Times article, "Eugenia Cheng Makes Math a Piece of Cake" by Natalie Angier, Angier describes how Cheng integrates mathematical concepts into cooking.

In a small group, summarize Cheng's main ideas about how to make math more tangible and relatable in this article. 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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11th 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.

Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11–12 texts and topics.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
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