Thursday, September 25, 2014

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Brown 8th Grade ELA

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Christy Brown 8th Grade ELA

What are the students doing?

The students worked with a partner or small group to research topics that will be covered in our upcoming novel study, Max the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.  The students researched one of the following topics:  child abuse, Timbuktu, mining, Yellowstone National Park, the Mississippi River, Tai Chi, dyslexia, and owls.   After the students completed their research they created a short video clip detailing what they learned.  


What do you hope to accomplish by completing this activity?

My goal behind this activity was two-fold.  First, I wanted my students to complete a short research project.  Second, I wanted to increase my student's background knowledge prior to reading the novel.  I plan to show the video clips to the class when we get to the appropriate section in the novel and allow them to be the experts on their topic.  

How did this activity tie to your standards?  

1.  Conduct short research projects to answer a question.  2.  Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources.  3.  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.  

How did this activity promote student learning?

Students not only learned to work with their peer(s) they also gained prior knowledge before reading a novel.  This activity taught the students to generate questions about a topic and to gather relevant information about the topic.  In addition to this, the students had to summarize their research in to a short video clip.  

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great idea for introducing a new novel!!! I love it! Not only does it provide scaffolding for new places and faces, but it gives the kids a sense of ownership when reading the book.


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