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Using Weighted Averages in College

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Students are used to calculating traditional means. In college, in order to project their semester
grades for many classes, they will need to understand how to use a weighted average with
unknown quantities. This lesson allows students to explore a possible scenario while pushing their
thinking about averages and proportionality.


Making a Difference: Conducting Your Own Research Study

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In this long-term project, students are asked to go through the entire process of collecting data,
representing data, and forming conclusions based on data. In partners, they will collect data at
their school that pertains to a subject they are invested in. The project culminates in a full research
paper and presentation. This is ideal for an end-of-year project in any high school math course
covering data & statistics.



Filling a Classroom with Tennis Balls: Defending Estimates of Large Numbers

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In this lesson, high school math students, in groups of three or four, are asked to use what they
know about volume to estimate the number of tennis balls it would take to fill their classroom. They
will decide on the mathematical problem to be solved; make measurements to find the solution of
their problem; and express and defend their estimation mathematically, orally, and in written form.
Students will take obstacles (desks, cabinets, etc.) into consideration when making calculations.
Students will team up with a peer from another group to evaluate the usefulness of the problemsolving
methods they used.


Drawing Conclusions from Venn Diagrams

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In this lesson, students learn how to represent numeric facts visually. As a class, in partners, and
individually, they construct Venn Diagrams based on facts as well as deduce facts from given Venn
Diagrams. They learn about the importance of representing their ideas, mathematical or otherwise,
in a digestible visual format.



Calculating Overpopulation: Problem or Myth?

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In this lesson, students evaluate both sides of a contemporary debate in which mathematics is an
important factor. First, they investigate the purely mathematical questions about the world’s
population and land area. Then, students view videos from two opposing viewpoints (i.e.
“Overpopulation is a problem” and “Overpopulation is a myth”) and write a paper expressing their
opinion. Last, each student shares one question or conclusion from their papers and the class
discusses the issues related to the debate and their implications.


Valuing Your Work: Writing a Self-Evaluation

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This lesson assesses students’ ability to evaluate the quality of their work, based on
evidence and explicit criteria, for the purpose of challenging themselves to do better
work in the future. Working collaboratively and individually, students will explore the
value of self-evaluation and then generate a series of criteria upon which to evaluate
written work.



Recognizing Text Patterns: Writing Prompts and Essays

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This lesson assesses students’ ability to recognize different types of writing patterns in
order to help them organize ideas and information before writing an essay. Students will
identify patterns in writing and determine which pattern supplies an appropriate format
for a variety of writing prompts


Cultural Analysis through Advertising

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This lesson assesses students’ ability to analyze advertisements and to interpret what
they imply about our culture. It introduces them to the idea that anything can be
analyzed. Andrea Lundsford, scholar and author, writes that "[basic writers] have not
attained that level of cognitive development which would allow them to form
abstractions or conceptions. That is, they are often unable to practice analysis and
synthesis and to apply successfully the principles thus derived to college tasks." In this
lesson, students will learn about the components of analysis—observation, inference,
and explanation—and apply this learning to their writing.



A Perfect Fit: Choosing the Right College: Group Presentation

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This lesson assesses students’ ability to examine their interests and priorities,
determine important academic necessities, and research colleges that consider
these needs through investigating the following college characteristics: type, size,
location, majors, cost/financial aid, campus life, admission criteria, and
retention/graduation rates.


Motivating Writers by Evaluating Student Exemplar Papers

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Students are asked to evaluate their own and others’ writings according to a rubric. They
will begin by discussing what motivates them to become better writers. Using examples of
student writing, they share “teachable moments” with the class and identify writing skills
that work. After seeing their own and others’ successes, students incorporate the
motivators into their own work by applying the new skills to their writing.