Today our lesson centered on agreements: pronoun-antecedent and subject-verb. We worked our way through the RULES, covering indefinite pronouns, compound subjects and the extra tricky, OR and NOR. Students asked thoughtful clarifying questions, and then tackled a couple of skill based worksheets. Voila! It turns out, eighth graders are masterful agreement negotiators. Then I thought, why stop with pronouns and verbs? Why not expand the lesson into an Agreement Unit.
Divisiveness surrounds us. Disagreements abound. Maybe what we need are more rules of agreement. Teach students the policies that lead to cooperation and harmony.
Ideas for subsequent lessons include:
- international agreements,
- generational agreements,
- policy agreements
- workplace agreements
- sibling agreements,
- political party agreements
- financial agreements
Give my eighth graders anchor charts outlining rules for agreement, teach them how to handle the special cases and exceptions with examples, and I am confident they will produce some impressive social issue agreements (Well, for at least 10 problems anyway, more than 10 and they’ll lose interest and integrity.)