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Mensa for Kids Lesson Plans

Mensa for Kids Lesson Plans are learning units that contain multiple lessons over the same topic that are designed to meet the needs of all children for extension beyond the standard curriculum.

These lessons may be given to students for individual, self-guided work, or they may be taught in a classroom or homeschool setting. These plans are designed to enrich academic learning with extension for gifted children built in. We include a variety of questions and extension opportunities to allow the plans to be customized to work best for the student(s) you are working with.

An Introduction to Greek Mythology

Greek mythology is not only interesting, but it is also the foundation of allusion and character genesis in literature. In this lesson plan, students will gain an understanding of Greek mythology and the Olympian gods and goddesses.

Middle School Language Arts
Utopia and the American Dream

Using the "City on a Hill" allusion from John Winthrop's famous sermon as a starting point, this lesson gives students a paradigm — The American Dream — through which to view their study of American literature, in the classroom and in their own reading as well.

High School Language Arts
The Writer's Toolbox

The Writer's Toolbox is a collection of resources for students and educators that will assist in the writing process. The toolbox consists of six components.

All levels Language Arts
I Need a Superhero

The heroic archetype features prominently in literary analysis at the high school level. A clear understanding of, and the ability to manipulate and apply, this idea is critical to any approach to world literature for the high school student.

High School Middle School Language Arts
Developing Media Literacy

Advertisers spend billions of dollars every year targeting kids. By learning the techniques marketers use to try to get them to buy products, youth can become more informed consumers of products and information in general.

Middle School Language Arts
Book Review Writing

This guide is designed to help you become a strong book reviewer, a reader who can read a book and then cook up a review designed to whet the reading appetites of other book lovers.

Elementary Upper Elementary Language Arts
The Art of Storytelling

Students develop their own storytelling talents, apply the techniques of storytelling, create storytelling guides, and perform a story for an audience. Each lesson is quite short, and they can easily be combined.

Elementary Language Arts
The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks is the longest running musical in history, yet most students are unfamiliar with it. An examination of the play affords students the opportunity to explore it in both a scholarly and artistic way, and it builds their cultural awareness.

High School Language Arts
Early American Novel

As this topic is generally neglected in textbooks, this unit creates a useful introduction to American Literature that compliments the non-fiction and short story pieces normally found in the curricular resources.

High School Language Arts