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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kristel - English Class at Jay H.S

On December 16, I visited Kristel's English class. They had been reading Chinese Cinderella, a great book.  Kristel, decided to focus her student's attention on the universal theme in the book by making a text to text connection with Machiavelli's The Prince.  She front loaded the session with information on Machiavelli and his book, using a variety of sources.  These were located on her class blog, Teaching in 201.  You will notice she used a variety of sources including NPR and google books.

During this section of the lesson students:

  1. made predictions based on the table of contents
  2. made connections between text to text, text to world, and text to self
  3. made connections between English class and history class
  4. made decisions in a pair/share format to prioritize and summarize a paragraph
  5. identified challenges in Machiavelli's text; vocabulary and syntax
  6. identified and applied the theme to their own lives
Next, Kristel had students apply this information to their own lives with the following point of view guide, adapted from Janet Allen's work

This was very successful.  The students were engaged and wrote without hesitation.

Bravo, Kristel.

Check on Kristel next week on Literacy and Technology Pilot, where she will be the featured educator of the week.

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