More Specific than “Smart”

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In this series, students dig deeper into what the vague compliment "smart" actually means.


  1. Students will brainstorm at least a dozen "smart" characters or historic figures.
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. Finally, taking the situation they outlined previously, students create a final product such as a short story, skit, or presentation.


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