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Dancing with the Math Stars

writing creative "biographies" for equations and graphs that just want to dance!

This lesson was created for WritingFix after being proposed by Northern Nevada Writing Project Consultant Holly Young.

This writing prompt inspired by

Great disco music and 80's dance moves!

Click here to do a Google search for the lyrics to "Shake Your Booty."

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Fun assignment alert! First, students learn about the patterns and shapes of polynomial equations and their inverses by making their bodies imitate mathematical concepts, using popular disco & 80’s dance moves. Students then use a graphic organizer to organize the content information practiced in the dance portion of the lesson. Finally, a creative writing assignment asks students to draft a creative biography for their graph. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

This lesson's focus trait is idea development; students will need to learn mathematical concepts well-enough with this writing activity to creative convey their understanding in an unusual format: a biography for an equation. The support trait of this lesson is word choice; as students create their biographies about mathematical concepts, they should be encouraged to use dance vocabulary words.

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