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The following are examples of  presentations that students can entertain.  These are only suggestions --feel free to come up with your own versions. For instance, you do not have to have each person do a specific thing --everyone can share all three components of the presentation.  Make it interactive and fun!  Highly suggest using Power Point if possible for summary and critical response.

For Chapter 2:
Person 1 Present summary of basic ideas in chapter (This chapter covers Skills in Organizing, planning, prioritizing etc...  It's purpose is to give students ideas on being functional psychologically and physically in order to handle academics) 

Person 2 Present critical response--Our group liked the good tips on how to prioritize or how to cut out the right activities,  etc...  Go into detail on the ideas you liked best...  

Person 3 Facilitate interactivity!  Give an Exercise on Time or other aspect you liked: create a list of academic chores for a day or week (such as feed kids, get them to school, read 15 pages for class, change the car oil or buy a bus pass, write up journal, work, go to class, etc...)  In groups have people brainstorm a time line for getting  through that day.   When time is up, have groups share their schedules, possible tensions and problems that came up. Wrap up with final words.

OR Create one or two fictitious people, with fictional lives.  Have students get into groups and prioritize the student's life so they can be more functional as students.

For Chapter 3:
Person 1 Present Main Ideas, Person 2 Critical Response, Person 3 facilitate exercise on Memory: create a list of items that students must have a fixed time to memorize.  Have a competition with teams for who will remember the most items or play elimination based on who remembers the most.  Create your own rules!  Wrap up with final words on Memory.  An alternative exercise is to have groups come up with a creative way to remember a certain set of facts from a reading or for a science or math class.

For Chapter 4:
Person 1 Present summary of  Main Ideas, Person 2 Critical Response, Person 3 facilitate exercise on Reading: Create sentences or paragraphs that have a specific word imbedded in it many times.  Do timed competitions by group to see who can read and count the quickest.  Bring prizes for the winners of each round.  Alternative exercise, have groups discuss the different levels involved in reading and how to engage oneself in each.   Share group discussions.  

OR Do a mini speed reading course or exercise.  Emphasize how important comprehension is.
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