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Grade 8 Conformity vs. Individuality

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Conformity vs. Individuality Focus Questions:  How have nonconformists contributed to society?  How can I use my discussion and research skills to help others understand my point of view?Students watched a YouTube video to form their own definition of conformity. "Will People Follow a Crowd in an Elevator"
8C's definition:  
Changing what you usually do to follow or copy the majority because of pressure to fit in or because of influence.
Next, we read the poem "Identity," by Julio Noboa Polanco to understand what motivates a nonconformist.

After analyzing the poem we read three texts from "Sightlines" that featured: Nelson MandelaNellie McClungRaoul Wallenberg Students highlighted 3 things that made the person a successful nonconformist.  Students annotated their highlighting by explaining why they needed the item or by jotting down a trait the item demonstrated.  
Mrs. Anderson modeled how to annotate their texts.

Students listed between 5-7 items and ranke…