People Who Made a Difference
4th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about people who made a difference.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about the significance of people who have made a difference.
• Explore and apply the concepts of bravery and making a difference.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding injustice and discrimination.
• Orally use words that describe people who've made a difference.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about how to make a difference.
• Use key concept words [discrimination, injustice, obstacle; revolutionary, transform, bravery, vision, courageous].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about people who have made a difference:
• What is injustice.
• What is discrimination.
• Who has made a difference.
• How have they made a difference.
• How can you make a difference.
• Why you should make a difference.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this photo? (large crowd of people, some holding signs). What do you think they are trying to do? (speak out against something, gather support for their cause).
• Ask students: How are they doing this? (gathering together, holding signs, chanting slogans).
• Say: Many people have helped to transform this world from a place of injustice into a world with equal rights. In the past, not everyone was treated fairly, so many people gathered together to support equal and fair treatment of all people. What rights do you think everyone should have? (answers will vary).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next five slides, showing them different people that have made a difference. Always have the students describe how these people have made a difference.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk about other people that they know who've made a difference in the world. After the second game, have them discuss what qualities you need to be a good leader.
Close• Ask students: What things in today's world need to be transformed? Explain.
• Summarize for students that the world is not perfect. There are still many injustices going on, so it is important to stand up for what you believe in, but in a peaceful way. They should remember that not everyone will share their beliefs, but some will. Encourage them to think about peaceful ways that they can make a difference.