S.O.S: Make it Concrete

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Make it Concrete
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Background
The idea of Concrete and/or Shape poems has been utilized in classrooms for years.  This week’s strategy puts a twist on the concept by using it as an instructional strategy to have students reflect upon and share out something they have learned through media.

Example

  • Explain to students that they will be watching a short video segment on one of the great inventions ‘Solar Power’ and that following the segment they will be asked to recall as much information about the benefits.
  • Watch the video segment Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye: Energy- Solar Power (06:36)
  • Have students draw the outline one image or a series of images that represent what they learned from the video segment.
  • Within the outline of each image, students should fill in as many facts as possible.
  • Have students share their images in small groups

Challenge

  • Select a video segment or reading passage that matches your current curriculum.
  • Have students watch the segment.
  • Following the segment students should draw an outline one image or a series of images that represent what they learned from the video segment.
  • Within the outline of each image, students should fill in as many facts as possible.
  • Have students share their images in small groups

BONUS

  • Check out the following sites that allow you to create your own concrete poems
    • http://www.tagxedo.com/
    • http://www.wild-about-woods.org.uk/elearning/concretepoetry/
    • http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/theme_poems/

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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