Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge! Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.
Schema theory explains how our previous experiences, knowledge, emotions, and understandings affect what and how we learn (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000) Good readers and writers allow their schema to help shape their understanding and connections. Keene and Zimmerman (1997) concluded that students comprehend better when they make different kinds of connections: Text-to-self, Text-to-text, and Text-to-world. This strategy will allow students to examine multimodal text to help frame sentences.
- Display these four images to students:
- Ask students to draw 4 boxes on a blank piece of paper and allow one minute per image for students to write about experiences they’ve had with the objects or facts they’ve learned through reading and/or viewing resources.
- Provide time for student to pair or group share their notes and to highlight commonalities.
- In their pairs or small groups, students should work to great a complete sentence that incorporates all four images.
- Be willing to accept any sentence, as silly or untrue as it may be- the importance is the structure of the sentence.
- Select a few sentences to display and guide students through checking for sentence completion by asking students questions such as:
- What type of speech is the word bear in this sentence?
- What is another noun that we can use from the images in place of bear?
- Can we describe the bear?
- What are examples of describing words?
- Pro Tip: If an interactive smart board is available, allow students to come to the board to choose and arrange the images that they would like to use to create their own sentences!
- Select and display four images. Be sure to include at least one person/animal, place, and/or thing.
- Have students quadrant off a sheet of paper and provide one minute per image for students to write about experiences they’ve had with the objects or facts they’ve learned through reading and/or viewing resources.
- Have students share their notes in pairs or small groups highlighting commonalities.
- In their pair or small groups, have students to create a sentence that includes the four shared images.
- Display a few sentences to dissect as a group and check for sentence completion.
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.