The GP “Summer Sizzle” Activity

Happy last-Friday-of-Freedom, GP Teachers!

In honor of THIS special Friday, I’m going to share with you what I’ll be giving my students NEXT Friday…just smile and think, oh hey, there’s still THIS Friday, which means I’m still off!

back-to-school

Back to next Friday, I’m going to give my students the “Hot Seat: Summer Sizzle” handout, linked here.  They will have a weekend to take the list of people/places/events home and interview at least 3 people concerning the information on it.

The list on said-handout’s reverse side represents some of the current events/hot topics that took place this past summer, 2013.  I am asking my students to INTERVIEW, as opposed to GOOGLE, these ideas because it will get them comfortable with talking about the issues, which is what a great deal of our class is all about 🙂

Chatting with others about globally-relevant issues will help students build the voice they need for GP!

Chatting with others about globally-relevant issues will help students build the voice they need for GP!

They will take the weekend to ‘research’ (aka, talk!) about as many of these people/places/events as possible.  Then we will engage in a “Hot Seat” activity on Monday following. The Hot Seat can go down in a number of ways, but I usually ask for a few eager volunteers to start; I have them take a seat (5-7 max) in the chairs in the front of the room.  The audience and I ask them the Hot Seat questions and they compete for points.  If a panelist/Hot-Seater gets a question wrong and an audience member wants to take a stab at it, that audience member can replace the panelist/Hot Seater if the answer is right!

This is the first of TWO documents for this activity.  As this is my first time running the ‘show,’ I still need to drum up a solid set of Hot Seat questions now that I have the working list of issues.

Speaking of which, am I missing a Sizzly Summer Headline?  PLEASE submit!  I was wracking (?!) my brain today between the many pre-school meetings, so it was–I admit–a bit of a scattered process as I tied my Hot Seat all up for bloggie submission.

Tout your expertise here by commenting below on summer issues not on the list!

One word to the wise…keep a close lid on outbursted answers and whispered ones during the actual Hot Seat…answers from panelists gotta (yep, ‘gotta’) be genuine for you to run the show authentically; and there also has to be enough focus from the audience so answers can be both heard and absorbed from the activity.

Otherwise, you’ll be in HOT water, Teach!

Adopt, Adapt, or Entirely Alter…Go Forth and let your classes (Academically) Prosper!

Props to Sunnie Petric (and her hubs) for inspiring this post, fellow teacher and Croatian 😉

Collaboratively Yours,

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3 responses

  1. Hi Jill,

    I love the summer sizzle activity. What fun! Have you, by chance, created a list of questions for the hot seat activity that you would be willing to share?

    Thanks,
    Alice Loveall
    North Port High School

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    1. That us actually on my Sunday to-do list, Alice! I’ll be happy to share it once complete 🙂 I’ll be in touch with the update soon!

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  2. […] Summer Stories Wrap.  My favorite is the Supreme Court coverage.  I wish I saw this prior to the Summer Sizzle activity, right?!  Nonetheless, this clip would work really well with the Mini-Unit on Law I have […]

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