Universal Themes Throughout the Year

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Applying Universal Themes All Year

Universal themes /concepts in their nature are universal.  As such, they transcend time and place and help us better understand people, events, and ideas.  The theme needs to be revisited regularly throughout the year.  Having only one or two exposures over the year limits their ability to build the habits and thinking skills necessary for deep thinking.  Click on the concepts below for ideas and suggestions specific to that concept.

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Multiple Single Concepts

Consider having students examine a topic though the lenses of different universal themes.  Students could do this independently or as a group.  Imagine the level of discussion and thinking that would occur if students examined ancient civilizations through the different lenses of structure, relationships, power, and change.

Students can also combine tools in their investigations.  Consider having them use Depth and Complexity or Content Imperatives along with Universal Themes.