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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

EXPLORE for Students Who Benefit from Assistance in Literacy - Jay High School

     On January 6, 2010 I visited Karina E. at Jay High School.  Karina had decided to use Janet Allen's EXPLORE Writing with this small group of students in order to help them learn to look at texts from different perspectives.  
     Karina had chosen a article from ASCD that dealt with re-envisioning high schools.  Obviously this topic engaged these students.  Karina passed out copies of the article and then gave the students an overview of the process.  She explained the process and used the graphic organizer posted at the front of the room.

Ex= Example:This is an example of what genre/author/style?

P=Purpose: What was the author's purpose for writing?  Why am I reading the text

L=Language:  What are the key words/names/places/lines worth remembering/?

O=Organizational Features:  What organizational features or supports helped me read this text?

R=Relate: How can I relate to what I just read?

E=Evaluate: What are my ah-has?  What questions do I have?

     Next Karina read a short portion to the students outloud and then broke them into groups to read assigned sections of the texts, creating a jigsaw.

When the students had finished, each group was assigned to a separate station - Example, Purpose, Language, Organizational Features, Relate, Evaluate - and asked to write about their part of the article from that particular point of view.  Every group used a different color marker.  Students were then rotated through the various stations, analyzing their piece of the article through the lens assigned at each station.
     Students were engaged and on task.
     The lesson was concluded with 1. a reminder from Karina regarding the process they had participated in and how it can be applied in other reading situations and 2. a discussion of the connections students made during their time at the Evaluate station.
     Great way to build community and bump students up to higher level thinking.  
Allen has a reproducible template at the back of her text titled, More Tools for Teaching Content Literacy, - one for fiction and one for nonfiction. Bravo!

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