Monday, October 26, 2009

Jay M.S., Ocotober 27, 2009 Visits

Teacher: Judi R.
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.

Purposeful Language:
  • 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
AHA!  As teachers and students move into drafting a piece, it is increasingly difficult to separate ideas and organization.  Moving between the two, is the most effective for developing writers- but sometimes challenging for teachers, especially those of us with large classrooms.


Anonymous said...

I like the way you used supplimentary materials to support your lesson. I'm sure it must have helped your student begin to think in the way you were leading him.


Anonymous said...

I hope you have fun with the newspaper keynote. It worked out well with my students though at times I felt like I was pulling teeth to get some ideas on paper. Sound like you are getting the ideas flowing with him. Once he gets his news story written, he will find the process a bit easier. (They like the "fun" computer part!)
You will love the final results yourself so hang in there!

Colleen said...

love the text-to-world connection by using the newspaper. This will make this task "real" for your learner - this is very important with all students, but I imagine much more so with your students : )