More Specific than “Smart”
In this series, students dig deeper into what the vague compliment "smart" actually means.
- Students will brainstorm at least a dozen "smart" characters or historic figures.
- Students will note that many of these characters would work well together, but others would have lots of conflict. They'll pick three characters and pick more specific compliments than "smart."
- Next, they'll pick two of these characters and develop a situation in which they must work together to solve problems, combining their unique strengths.
- Finally, taking the situation they outlined previously, students create a final product such as a short story, skit, or presentation.
- My sample story (PDF) Featuring Hermione Granger (from Harry Potter) and Tony Stark (from Iron Man).