Lesson Plan of the Week: METAPHOR FOR WRITING MARBLE RAMP

Our featured Lesson Plan this week comes to us from Liz from Arrowhead Union High School in Wisconsin.   Liz teaches 12th grade Creative Writing, Advanced Composition and Journalism (English).

She says her students love this exercise and it uses English, math, problem-solving, group work and engineering skills! Thank you Liz for submitting this creative lesson plan to share with our readers!

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METAPHOR FOR WRITING MARBLE RAMP

You will get these materials:
 1 sheet of newspaper
 1 meter of masking tape
 1 marble
 One pair of scissors
 A meter stick

You need to build a ramp that
 Is a metaphor for writing,
 uses only the newspaper and masking tape,
 is at least 10 inches tall,
 will carry the marble the entire length of the ramp without being touched after it is first
released,
 will cause the marble to change direction, and
 will stop the marble at the end of the ramp.

You will not receive extra paper or tape. Once you use it up, IT IS GONE!

Questions:
 How did working in a group make this activity easier to accomplish than working alone?
 How did working in a group make this activity harder to accomplish than working alone?
 How is your ramp a metaphor? List five ways.

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