KSA #9: INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES
I strive to know a broad range of instructional strategies appropriate to my subject discipline and which strategies are appropriate to help different students achieve different outcomes
CHARACTER CUBING (ELA 10-2)
To demonstrate their understanding of plot, setting, conflict, characters' personality traits, attitudes, and relationships in the novel study Fish House Secrets, students created character cubes about the novel's protagonists. This activity was excellent for tactile or hands-on learners who indicated so in their learner profiles. After creating their own cubes, students exchanged with one another to view and share other ideas.
WORD GAMES (ELA 10-2)
In the novel Fish House Secrets, the author describes characters frequently engaging in a modified version of the game scrabble called 'Making Words, Taking Words'. Students came up with an instructions list of how to play this word game according to the novel's description. This enabled students, especially the ELLs (English Language Learners) to demonstrate their comprehension of the text and apply their understanding in an engaging and practical way. Two other stations with different games (Boggle & Scrabble Sentence) were available to differentiate the process since students were at varying readiness levels. This was a valuable lesson for student engagement and vocabulary building.
CLASS DEBATE (ELA 20-1)
In the ELA 20-1 Short Story unit, we studied the story The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov. This lead the class to engage in a formal debate on the proposition: Lotteries are nothing more than a tax on those who can least afford it.
The class was divided in half to represent the affirmative and negative teams. Each team member was provided with articles, statistics, news, and information about lotteries to develop their arguments around. This activity was very valuable in practicing the language art of speaking and developing rhetoric skills.
POSTER GALLERY WALK (ELA 10-2)
|Fish House Visual Representation & Gallery Walk Lesson Plan|
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In the ELA 10-2 novel study Fish House Secrets, students were asked to create a visual representation of the Fish House as a safe haven. Significant elements and items in such a setting were illustrated as seen with students' posters above. This simple activity enabled students to analyze information and make connections to demonstrate their understanding in a visual and creative way. A gallery walk to view each group's poster helped students take ownership of their work, gain new perspectives, and receive positive feedback.
FOLD-IT POETRY (ELA 10-2)
This activity was a collaborative way for students to create a structured poem as a group. Students worked in teams of 4 to write two lines each. The last word in Line 1 is used to begin Line 2 in the poem. This process is continued with group members taking turns writing lines based on the last word from the previous line. Each group wrote their finished poems on the whiteboard and read them aloud to get a sense of rhythm/rhyme or to identify figurative language. This activity was a fun and creative way for students to overcome any nervousness with writing poetry. Creating their own poems truly fostered a sense of pride and enabled engaging discussion about the finished products.
DRAMA 10-20-30 THEATER STUDIES SCAVENGER HUNT
In the Drama 10-20-30 unit Theater Studies, students completed a scavenger hunt in teams to find clues on "The 6 Elements of Theater". Each team had to collect 6 'scrolls' that each explained a different theater element, then create a visual representation to demonstrate their understanding as a group. This activity enabled kinesthetic learning as students were required to get up and move to complete the activity. Students got creative with developing their posters and presented them to the class at the end.