Content: Language Arts
Grade: 7th, Special Education
Focus: writing a news article with appropriate voice to be used as a keynote presentation to be broadcast in the classroom
Literature Source: Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson, examples of newspaper articles
Activity: Judi and student reviewed the book and by using a graphic organizer to identify the story line and key details. Next, they reviewed newspaper articles and talked about what the audience wanted and what information was included in the article. Then she discussed his reader response to the book as compared to the article. Finally, they returned to his writing (a retelling of the story) and began the revision. Working through the text, Judi supported his thinking with questions - Do we know this? - Do we need to add this? This is an ongoing process done on the computer. The student remains highly engaged.
- what is the purpose of the headline?
- how does it make you feel?
- what is the mystery involved?
- hook the reader
- how much information do they need?
- infer the feelings of the main character