Reader’s Response: The Story of the Milky Way

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Reader's Response | Posted on 12/15/2015

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In this Cherokee tale, a boy is trying to solve a problem that was affecting an elderly couple in the village. When the boy realized what the problem was, he did not know how to solve it.  So he decided to ask the Belowed Woman for help. Luckily, she suggested a solution.

After reading the story, you will be thinking about the following questions:

1-What character traits can you infer about the boy?

2-What’s the theme of the story?

Girls can Code

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Global Education, Media Response | Posted on 11/10/2015

The hour of code 2015 is fast approaching!!!! This year, we will be joining the hour of coding for the third time in a row!
Every year, the organizers release a video advertising the event. This time around, they released this video with a strong emphasis on girls. So for your post, you will be answering the following questions.
1-What is the video’s purpose?
2-Why do you think the producers are using all girls to convey their message?

Media Response: Accents

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Global Education, Media Response | Posted on 11/03/2015


In class, we have discussed the importance of identifying the theme or central message when we read stories, poems or interact with social media. After watching this commercial, you will think about the following questions:
1- Can you determine the central message or theme that the producers are trying to communicate?
2- Why do you think this commercial was created?

Like a Girl

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Global Education, Media Response | Posted on 10/25/2015

What is the theme of this video? What message/s are the producers trying to get across? Would the theme be different if “like a boy” was used instead of “like a girl”? If so, how?

Reader’s Response: Comparing and contrasting character transformation

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Global Education, Reader's Response | Posted on 11/13/2014

Amelia'sRubyDuring this unit, we have read and analyzed two different stories about two different girls: Ruby and Amelia. We have also discussed how these two characters changed from the beginning through the end of each of their stories. For this post, you are going to evaluate their actions based on your inferences about their character traits. In order to do that, you will use your notes from class and the paragraph you wrote comparing and contrasting both stories. After you gather all your sources, you will be ready to answeer the following questions:

1) How did both characters (Amelia and Ruby) changed from the beginning through the end? What was the same for both of them? What was different?

2) What actions in the story affected them changing?

 

What is 21st century education?

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Global Education, Research | Posted on 10/17/2014


While researching for ideas to develop a presentation for the staff at my school, I came up with this video that summarizes everything I wanted to say about teaching and learning in the 21st century. So, I thought it would be worth sharing.
Here’s the presentation

Got HOPE?

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Book Reviews, Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Global Education, Reader's Response, Teaching Ideas, Writing | Posted on 07/31/2014

 

Poetry for Hope is a book of poems written and illustrated by my 4th grade students. It was the product of a unit on poetry at the end of the year in the 4th grade class that I co-teach with another teacher.
We started by analyzing different poems and we soon realized how difficult it was for them to grasp the concept of metaphors. The poem that we were reading was about hope, which they did not know the meaning of, but the poet was comparing it to a bird. When it was time for them to write their own metaphors, they struggled because they did not know what hope was. We were using a metaphor to introduce the concept, but they did not know what the word’s meaning. Until I thought about connecting it to something that almost all of us in that class had in common (including the other teacher)… and that is: Immigration. So, picture this… two immigrant teachers teaching the meaning of hope to immigrant students! It was the most amazing teaching moment ever! So, that is how the book was developed.
We started off by asking: What does hope mean to you? before they wrote their own metaphors. We sat we them, one by one to bring out their personal experiences and feelings that most of them had never dealt with. It was an incredible experience to make them feel successful by sharing their own stories. Then, they started producing their metaphors; hope is…
We ended the unit with a presentation for parents, other teachers and students and school administrators. While we were guiding them in their writing, I immediately thought about a book, but I wanted it to be different, so I recorded their voices and created QR codes so you can scan and listen to them reading their poems too!
After finishing the presentation, I told them that we thought we were teaching them something, but instead they taught us a lot more! We learned not only the meaning of determination, resilience, family, but also why we do what we do!

Reader’s Response: Facebook Blues

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Informational Text, Reader's Response, Research | Posted on 04/25/2014

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According to a new study, emotions spread over social media can create a contagious effect. This week, we have discussed the effect of facebook on people’s moods. We have analyzed this article to open a class discussion. So, for this post you will state whether or not you agree with this finding and why.

Media Response: “Failure” Part II

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response | Posted on 04/10/2014

We have worked with this commercial to show your understanding of how you can integrate your kowledge of character traits and theme. Now, it’s time for you to determine the tome and the mood of this commercial. So the questions for this post are the following:
1) What is the tone of this commercial? Remember you can use more than one word to describe it.
2) What is the mood? Remember to explain why.

Media Response: “Failure”

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Media Response | Posted on 04/01/2014

In this unit, we have been learning about how to determine the theme in a story, poem, or passage.
Today, after watching this commerical and reading the script we had a class discussion around the tone, mood and the type of audience that creators wanted to target. So for this post, you will be answering the following:
1) What character traits can you infer from this commercial?
2) What is the theme of it?

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