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Optimistic Closures

Below are three ways to utilize the CS Heroes Posters as closing activities during CSEdWeek (Lesson Closure/Exit Ticket) or throughout the school year (Unit/Lesson Connection and Heritage/Awareness Month).


The prompts for “Heritage/Awareness Month” mirror the Welcome Activities version and the prompts for “Lesson Closure” & “Unit/Lesson Connection” are adjusted to be conclusive versus introductory.


 

LESSON CLOSURE - EXIT TICKET

Suggested Time: 7-10 minutes


Select a CS Hero to feature as a closing activity. Have students view the poster and more details on the CS Hero’s webpage and answer the following prompt:

  • How does the work of this CS Hero impact your life?

# mins

Description

​1

​Introduce activity: Impact of CS Heroes

​3

​Think: Students independently read and respond

​3

Pair: Students discuss the prompt with a partner

​3

​Share: Whole-class discussion

You can eliminate the pair discussion and go straight to group discussion. This can be documented in a journal/notebook, submitted online in a class discussion, or written on an exit ticket that students can turn in on their way out of class.


 

UNIT/LESSON CONNECTION

Suggested Time: 10-15 minutes


Introduce a CS Hero whose work relates to a unit you're covering. Here are a few examples from the 2023 selection:

CS Hero

Curriculum Topic

Randi Williams

Danielle Boyer

Mehar Bhasin

Grace Magny-Fokam

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Sarah Applebaum

Adhwita Gopi Selvan

Alva Laster

Creativity and Arts

Dr. Maya Israel

Jada Okeoghene Ogueh

Data Science

Answer the following prompt:

  • How does the work of this CS Hero relate to the lesson/unit we’re studying?


# mins

Description

​1

​Introduce the CS Hero

​3-8

​View the featured video OR read a featured article.

​2

​Think: Students independently read and respond

​2

​Pair: Students discuss the prompt with a partner

​2

​Pair: Students discuss the prompt with a partner

 

HERITAGE/AWARENESS MONTH

Suggested Time: 5-10 minutes (dependent on depth of coverage)


Feature a CS Hero that identifies with the heritage or awareness month that you are celebrating. Here are a few examples from the 2022 selection:



Heritage/Awareness Event

Date/Month

CS Heroes

​Hispanic/Latinx Heritage

​Sep 15 - Oct 15

Kayla Roman-Flores

Disability Employment Awareness

​October

Ragib Ehsan Shadab

Sarah Applebaum

Danielle Boyer

​Native American/Alaska Native Heritage

​November

Danielle Boyer

​Black History

​February

Randi Williams

Grace Magny-Fokam

Jada Okeoghene Ogueh

Myles Ezeanii

Alva Laster

Eden Wilson

Dr. Christina Gardner-McClune

​Women’s History

​March

Kayla Roman-Flores

Jada Okeoghene Ogueh

Grace Magny-Fokam

Dr. Lisa Milenkovic

Adhwita Gopi Selvan

Dr. Maya Israel

Sarah Applebaum

Alva Laster

Eden Wilson

Danielle Boyer

Randi Williams

Mehar Bhasin

Dr. Christina Gardner-McCune

​Asian Pacific American Heritage

​May

Mehar Bhasin

Adhwita Gopi Selvan

Ragib Ehsan Shadab

​LGBTQ Pride

​June

Sarah Applebaum

Danielle Boyer

Play the CS Hero’s feature video to the class and have students review the resources on the CS Hero’s CSEdWeek page and answer the following prompts:

  • What do you and the CS Hero have in common?

  • What about this CS Hero inspires you?

# mins

Description

​1

Introduce the CS Hero OR have students select one of the CS Heroes that identify with the heritage.

3

​Students independently read about the CS Hero.

3

Students respond to the prompts.

3

Students share with a partner/group/whole class.

5-Minute Version: Teacher introduces the CS Hero and students respond to the prompt to the whole class.

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