Objective: Chapter One. Albert Einstein is introduced as an older man. The author describes his relationships with townspeople, thus creating the setting and character. The chapter ends with Einstein describing his early childhood memories of his father's compass and his mother playing Beethoven and the affect he feels each of those things have on his life. Lesson one begins by assessing students' current level of knowledge about Einstein, which may be supplemented by the teacher as needed and if desired.
1. Journal: Each student writes at least half a page on their current knowledge of Einstein. Why is he famous? What does he accomplish? Why are his contributions important?
2. Small Group Activity: Students check their knowledge, using either internet searches or encyclopedias. The group then compares their results to each student's journal to ensure accurate information.
3. Individual Reading: Students read Chapter One.
4. Homework: Students brainstorm about Einstein's character...
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