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A Beautiful Mind Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help you facilitate your students' understanding of the book 'A Beautiful Mind' by Sylvia Nasar. After reading the book, students will explore the author's purpose and research the relationship between mental illness and genius.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Retell the story of John Forbes Nash, Jr.
  • Use proper academic terms to describe Nash's psychological state
  • Identify the relationship between mental illness and genius

Length

This lesson will take approximately 1.5 - 2.5 hours.

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.7

Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person's life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

Vocabulary

  • antisocial
  • hallucinations
  • introversion
  • narcissism
  • psychosis
  • schizophrenia

Lesson Instructions and Activities

Materials needed: chart paper, markers, access to computer/internet/printer, video clip of an interview with John Nash

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