Activity 1: Understanding Vocabulary Through Context Clues
Skim Unit 5 and identify 6 words for which the author directly gave the meanings by a definition, punctuation clues, or restatement. The teacher will write a list of all the words given on the blackboard. Explain what each of these words mean in your own words.
Activity 2: Vocabulary Review for Units 4 & 5
Make a list of the unfamiliar or new vocabulary which the author defined through context clues in Units 4 & 5. You will be given 4 to 8 index cards. On one card write the vocabulary word on the lined side and its definition on the lined side of another card. This should be done for each assigned word.
When all the cards are completed, join a group of 4 to 5 students and each play the game of concentration. In concentration all cards are placed face down on a table so you cannot see any writing. People take turns playing the game. The first player turns over any 2 cards. If the vocabulary word and the definition match, that person keeps the cards and gets another turn. If the 2 cards do not match, another player takes a turn. The game continues until there are no more cards face down on the table. The person with the most cards wins the game.
Activity 3: Crossword Puzzle
Before beginning the exercise, make sure you know the meanings of the words on the crossword puzzle list. Provide the definitions in your own words either by memory or by looking back at the reading material.
If you have never filled in a crossword puzzle, work with another student who is familiar with crossword puzzles. You can choose to fill in the crossword puzzle by yourself or with a partner.
Activity 4: Making a List of the Dangers of Second Hand Smoke and Young Children
Summarize the specific dangers of cigarette smoke to young children presented in the reading. Make a list of things adults and teenagers can do to protect babies and young children from second hand smoke.
Write up all the specific suggestions and bring or send the list to a nearby daycare center to be given out to parents. Begin the list with a couple of sentences stating the dangers of second hand smoke, particularly to babies and young children.
Activity 5: Writing a Business Letter to Request a No Smoking Policy
Brainstorm about how you feel when people around you in a restaurant, bar, or club are smoking. Then pick one restaurant, bar, or club that allows smoking and write a letter to the manager/owner of that establishment. The letter should explain the dangers of second hand smoke and request a smoke free environment. In your letter, discuss the benefits of a smoke free policy. Use a copy of "Tips for Effective Letters" to help you write your letter.
Activity 6: Giving Advice to Pregnant Mothers About the Dangers of Second Hand Smoke
In pairs write a dialogue between a pregnant woman who smokes and her doctor. The doctor tells the woman that she is two and one half months pregnant and talks to her about the dangers of smoking for her and her baby. The doctor should provide enough information to convince her to want to quit smoking.
When your partner and you are ready, read your dialogue aloud to the other members of the class.
Activity 7: Holding a Mock City Council Meeting Leading to the Passage of No Smoking Legislation
Turn your classroom into a mock city council meeting. Volunteer to represent one of the following people: a city councillor presenting a bill, a doctor, the owner of a restaurant that has live music and a bar, a smoking customer, a nonsmoking customer, and an official from the Environmental Protection Agency. The city councillor's bill makes it against the law for anyone to smoke in a public building, restaurant, or bar. The doctor, restaurant owner, EPA official and both customers will be asked to testify or give their opinion about the bill. The council will vote to pass or reject the bill as it is written or pass it with some changes or compromises.
Activity 8: Writing a Smoking Policy For a Work Site
Join a group of at least three people. Each group makes up the board of directors for a large insurance company employing two hundred workers. Currently, smoking is allowed everywhere in the company. The work site is a closed building with windows that do not open. There are many copy machines and computers in the space. Each group must write up a smoking policy for the company and support the policy with a list of specific reasons. Go back to Unit 5 to get specific information on the dangers of second hand smoke.