Learning is: Exploring Characters and Literary Elements
Visit Ms. Malinowski’s ELA 4 classroom at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville County Schools, South Carolina. This month, they allowed our Discovery Education Community to join them in kicking off their study of The Canterbury Tales.
The Big Idea
By completing a series of interactive centers featuring Discovery Education Streaming Plus instructional strategies and curated content, Ms. Davidson’s English/Language Arts 4 students are beginning a new unit on The Canterbury Tales. In order to complete the project, which was to be introduced the following day, students needed to understand archetype and stereotype, certain literary terms, and characterization.
Learn more by stepping into a 360 degree view of Ms. Malinowski’s classroom. Here are tips to maximize the experience:
- After launching the 360 degree image, spin your view to find the pin that reads Begin Here. Play the embedded video to meet Ms. Malinowski as she shares what students are learning.
- Just as students rotate through the centers, follow the pins in numerical order. Each numbered pin contains embedded details that describe what students are doing in each station to support their learning.
- Don’t take our word for it: hear from Ms. Malinowski and see examples of her students’ learning by selecting the pins with images.
Interested in creating a similar experience in your class? Check out additional strategies and resources used by Ms. Malinowski.
Appointment Clocks: Ms. Malinowski used a grouping strategy called “Appointment Clocks”, a modified version of the Spotlight on Strategies idea of Partner Time (CDN). Her students set up appointment times with different members of their strategic group for each of the three learning stations, ensuring that students worked with different peers throughout the lesson, benefitting from varied perspectives and expertise.
Station One: Archetype and Stereotype – Students chose a slide within Ms. Malinowski’s Google Slide deck to complete and justify if the person selected is an archetype or stereotype. Explore additional ways that Discovery Education’s Content Collections organize strategic resources for you to teach about Literary Elements with your students.
Station Two: Literary Terms – Students were asked to choose two random words from a basket. Using the two words, students wrote an original simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and example of personification. Discovery Education’s Builder Tools, like Board Builder, offer the opportunity to organize content and contextualized learning experiences for your students, like this additional lesson on Figurative Language.
Station Three: Characterization of Beowulf – Students completed a graphic organizer in which they characterized Beowulf upon the completion of their recent unit of study. Take a deeper dive into model lessons within Discovery Education Streaming Plus that address your literary standards with rich multi-modal content and instructional strategies, like exploring an author’s choices through Forces of Corruption.
What’s Next for Ms. Malinowski’s Students?