The Starter Generator! - Fortismere QTL

The Starter Generator! - Fortismere QTL

The Starter Generator! Citizenship Sources http://www.teachit.co.uk/custom_content/newsletters/newsletter_oct06.asp http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/teachers/starters.html http://www.geographypages.co.uk/start.htm http://news.reonline.org.uk/rem_art10.php www.independentthinking.com http://www.bristol-cyps.org.uk/teaching/secondary/science/pdf/el_starters.pdf

www.teachingthinking.net http://www.geointeractive.co.uk/contribution/wordfiles/starters%20list.doc www.teachinglinks.co.uk/Lesson%20Starters%20and%20Plenaries.doc Edward De Bono How to Have Creative Ideas (Vermilion, Chatham, 2007) My head Other peoples heads Odd One Out e.g. Which is the odd one out; Tourist, IDP,

Refugee, Asylum Seeker? (clue there may be more than one) List O-Mania e.g. List as many... rights/responsibilities/policy areas/taxes/items you threw away in the last 24 hours etc... as you can.

Answer! Show me the answer! Using mini-whiteboards, true/false cards, hand signals, different coloured cards etc. pupils must show you the answer to a series of questions Whats The Question?

e.g. If this is the answer, then whats the question A: Mr T (Q: Who is da man?) Thunks e.g. What does the wind smell like? Do trees have feelings?

If I borrow a million pounds, am I a millionaire? www.thunks.co.uk Whats This? e.g. What do you think this is? Nilin, West Bank: A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli border police during a protest against Israel's separation barrier

www.guardian.co.uk/inpictures Questions e.g. A series of questions 1) What does consumer mean? 2) Are you a consumer? 3) Why? 4) What rights do consumers have? 5) Who protects them?

Political Power Empire Surgeon Poker Scallop - You must use these words to increase the political

power of a party. - You could turn them into policies or slogans - Explain why your suggestions might work From Edward De Bonos How to Have Creative Ideas. See www.edwarddebono.com - You can make random word tables or PowerPoints or use a book to get different random words. Who am I? e.g. Could be a picture Or part of a picture

Or clues I am an important Londoner I am a politician I am noted for frequent buffoonery Could do guess what instead for places etc. Questions you would like to ask e.g.

Today we will begin studying local government. Write down the questions you would like answered. Whats your opinion? Ask students to write/speak in pairs a short explanation of their opinion about the topic you are starting to study. This can then be revisited at the end of the lesson/unit.

Definition Match e.g. Match the word to the definition Labour Political party who say they are the future

Conservatives Political party who say they are the future Liberal Democrats Political party who

say they are the future What is Citizenship? Parliament The Law Relationships Countries Puberty

Policing Bullying Rights Conflict Tax World War 2

Fair Trade Students circle which ones they think are citizenship. Could use to check/reinforce subject understanding. Could adapt to use for different topics e.g. What is economics, or what is human rights Word Fill e.g. Fill in the missing words (can include the words underneath - in the wrong order of course - for differentiation)

The X _______ is a popular programme on ____. All of the contestants are extremely________ and ________. Simon Cowell always says ______ things and makes the performers feel ______ about themselves. List Definition

e.g. 1)List all the words you associate with Global Warming. 2) Now join these words together to make a definition for Global Warming Pictionary e.g. Give students concepts/ideas/things to draw

whilst others have to guess what they are Alternative short list of concepts/ ideas and students have to draw in books or on mini-whiteboard and then feedback their thinking/explanation.

Can divide group into teams to make it competitive Freeze Frame You are working on a farm in Africa supplying Cadburys with cocoa to make chocolate. The weather is hot, the work hard and you are paid very little. Individually/pair/group produce a freeze frame showing the scene.

- Could adapt to all manner of scenes, or give pupils the topic area and ask them to produce an appropriate freeze frame that other students must then try and decipher. Bingo Sheets e.g. Pupils get bingo sheets with key words/phrases and you read out definitions... Hangman You know what it is!

Dingbats/Say what you see Homework Peer Assessment e.g. Students asked to swap homework (relies on it having being done) and peer assess their neighbours on the success criteria you set. Can also use two stars and a wish.

Pupil as Teacher e.g. One (or more?) pupil is the teacher. They have to summarise the last lesson(s) and question the class on what was studied. 20 Questions e.g. Teacher or pupil picks a relevant person/place and the class have 20 yes/no

questions to discover who or what it is. A-Z e.g. Write down a key/related word for our topic area for as many letters of the alphabet as you can. Arms Bay Conflict Darfur

Earth Freedom Guantanamo Harm Can also do it verbally. Ask students/groups to shout out when you give them a letter. Whats being said?

Or, Whats being thought? e.g. Choose a picture and ask students what might be being said or thought. Could be relevant Or abstract - Name that tune! e.g. Play students a citizenship themed song and they have to transcribe the lyrics. Can then use this for discussion of media,

expression, identity, politics, language etc. Instructions e.g. Ask students to write intricate instructions for a specific task. For example voting in an election or staging a protest march. Equally, could be an

unrelated task just to get them thinking. Ridiculous Arguments Teach the language of argument by getting students to justify the ridiculous, such as 'Five year olds should be allowed to drive a car' Ridiculous?

What if? What if no one was responsible? What if there were no laws? What if everyone stopped paying taxes? What if all journalists were anonymous? What if citizenship didnt exist? What if school only opened at night? What if you were invisible for a day? Art and life

Use a relevant poem, piece of art, sculpture etc. to get students thinking/empathising about citizenship topics. Can then draw out lesson themes... Guernica - Picasso http://www.usccb.org/mrs/refugeepoem.shtml Holocaust Memorial - Berlin

Tell me three things... about the topic we are studying. you learnt in the last lessons. that help explain inflation. refugees might feel. campaigning has changed in Britain. you think are most important to citizenship. you would like to change in the world. Scenario

Set students a scenario (perhaps covering similar ground to the lesson) and ask them to respond in some way... e.g. Human rights have been suspended by the British Government. Politicians have given party members license to judge what is right and what is wrong. How would this make you feel? What would you do? (Similar to thought

experiments) Get Creative CloakSled Tourist Machine Fuse - Show how each of these random words might influence the other words in some way. - Explain the influence

From Edward De Bonos How to Have Creative Ideas. See www.edwarddebono.com Uptown Top Ranking - Family - Life - Safety - Movement - Religion Rank these human rights in order of importance. Be

prepared to justify your answer. (Adaptable to all sorts) Empathy-builder Taxes for the rich will be scrapped tomorrow and replaced with voluntary philanthropy - How might a millionaire feel about this? - A person on average income? - Someone receiving income support? (Can adapt to loads of different situations. Emphasis remains on developing empathy)

Taboo Students have to describe a key word without using that word (it is taboo!). (could do it in teams, pairs, whole-class) Compare and Contrast What differences and similarities do you notice?

(Zimbabwe, Oct 2007) Recipe Time Access to information Secret Ballot Independent counters Neutral judiciary What is this the recipe for? Pound buying less than a ______.

No ______ for TV Strictly voters. ______ thrown at Bush on Iraq trip. - All from www.bbc.co.uk 14/12/08 Answers = Euro, refunds and shoes Mystery Bag Take a bag into the classroom that contains an object which has a connection to the lesson. Pass it around and let the students

feel the object inside the bag. The first person to guess what it is could be rewarded with a merit. True or False True..................................................or is it false! Could do with material students have already covered, or with material they are about to

cover. Fact or Opinion? Hand out newspaper article to students and ask them to highlight facts or opinions. Odd One Out Pictures Only! Whats the topic? What topic will we be studying?

Just a Minute One pupil starts to speak about a topic. At the first repetition, pause or mistake another takes over - and so on until the minute is up. What do you know? (variation ideas must be pictures instead of words)

Inside the Octagon 8 way thinking comes from Howard Gardners multiple intelligences. The simplified octet is 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7)

8) Numbers Words People Feelings Nature Actions Sounds Sights

How many... Where does the word come from.. Who... What emotions... How does the environment affect... What do people do... What songs have been written about it... What images represent...

(from http://www.independentthinking.co.uk/Cool+Stuff/8Way+Thinking/default.aspx) Two ideas i) Ask students to come up with questions around a topic/key word from each angle. ii) Use the octet to frame your own starter questions. Animal Madness - Think of five ways you could make a duck/horse/cow joyful

- If zebras/flies/otters ruled the world what would we see? - Explain five differences between a cat/dog/ox and a kettle/desk/jumper - And five similarities - What animal would make the best politician/judge/police officer? Why? What would win? Choose any two items... A fence and a tree

A dolphin and a snake Harry Potter and Richard Branson Then...ask why! Different Shoes Ask students to change their shoes... If Brad Pitt was put in charge of the school, what would change? If Dawn French was doing your coursework, what

would she focus on? Whats the Story? Give pupils cards with words or pictures on and ask them to sequence this to tell a story (or could put words/pictures on board). Flow Chart Prime Minister

MPs Voters Fill in the gaps! Continuum Make a continuum in the room with strongly for and strongly against at either end. As students come in tell them the proposition and that they

must justify the position on the continuum they choose. (variation pupils line up randomly. They discuss with their neighbour only and then move accordingly. Continues until the continuum is fully drawn) Have I seen you somewhere before? Give students key word card sort and ask them to place in piles of 1)I know you

2)I think Ive seen you somewhere before 3)Weve never met! Picture in time What might have happened before the photo was taken? What might be happening now? What may happen after? In the spotlight

A volunteer is asked five questions. The rest of the class mark down whether they agree or disagree with the answers so that the whole class is tested. Could use whiteboards or voting cards. Connections Ask a student to suggest a word. You say a word that is related.

(E.G. if the word is football you might say goal. ) The next student says a word connected with the previous word. (E.G. goal, net and so on.) Players take turns. They are allowed thinking time, but can be challenged by any other player to explain the connection between their word and the previous word.

Home Improvement How can _______________ be improved? Why would your changes be an improvement? Who for? How long would they last? (Can relate to previous learning in the topic. Suitable for wide range i.e. British political system, laws on terror, local government, school council etc.) Get In Character Set a few questions ready on the board.

As students come in, hand them character cards (could be generic e.g. Businessman, teacher, student specific e.g. Gordon Brown, George Bush, Boris Johnson emotional e.g. An angry, impatient, happy person Or whatever you want!) and ask them to answer the questions in character.

Design a starter Ask students to design a starter activity to use next lesson. Set success criteria. Blockbusters Set up a Blockbusters style grid using appropriate key terms/names/places etc. to play

No Can I have a P please Bob Pair It Up Hand out a set of cards that students have to sort into matching pairs.

e.g. Type of political system Democracy Monarchy Totalitarian State Theocracy Autocracy Key example

Britain under Henry VIII Stalins Russia France in 2008 Zimbabwe in 2008 Ancient Egypt My Word! Students are given (or choose) a word related to the topic. They must stand up and point to someone in the class who must then give the

meaning. That person then chooses the next person to pose a word. Statement Exploration Everybody has rights yet they cannot be seen and belong to nobody In pairs explore this statement. What does it mean? Can you explain it to someone else?

Strongest Argument Which of the following arguments is the best piece of evidence that taxes are spent effectively? A) B) C) D)

The National Audit Office checks all government income and expenditure. Voters can throw out governments they think spend money inefficiently. Most people get along OK in Britain, so the money must be being used effectively. Taxes arent as high as in Europe yet we still have very good public services. (reveal: Do you think taxes are spent effectively) Concept Map

Give students a list of words related to your chosen concept. This can either be on cards or on the board. They must then turn these into a map, where each connection can be explained and justified. e.g. Democracy Safety

Voting Freedom Whats Your Reply? Reply Use a controversial statement and ask students in pairs to come up with a reply. e.g.

All teachers should be allowed to teach whatever they want Draw me the answer Like show me the answer...except with drawing only! e.g. A) Show me what democracy looks like B) Draw fairness C) What does change look like?

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Google Who Wants To Be A Millionaire template and off you go! Analogies Right is to Need as Desire is to Want Give students two lists that they must form into analogies

e.g. Judge MPs Prime Minister Headteacher Voters Jury Governers

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