How to Approach a HistoryMonograph: Lesson PlanJeff DickensCandidate for the position of Reference and InstructionLibrarian,Katharine Brush Library,Loomis Chaffee School
Objective Students will be able to demonstrate understanding / to evaluate another student’s articulation of a book’s thesis, context, and merit as an argument. Secondary objective: Students will understand the concept of reflective listening (paraphrasing) in scholarly dialogue.
Pre-assignment (1 of 2)Peruse the book by following these simple steps: Find the thesis – usually in the Introduction. “Skimming” – Reading enough of the book to be able to understand how it treats the topic.
Pre-assignment (2 of 2)Homework Thesis statement One criticism Author information Context
Class Activity Introduction (5 mins) Pair-up (10 mins) Group discussion (10 mins) Wrap-up (20 mins)
AssessmentRubric, by example (Total: 35 points) Thesis statement (5 points) One criticism (5 points) Author information (5 points) Context (10 points) Reaction (10 points)
ACRL Information LiteracyCompetency Standards S1: determines the nature and extent of the information needed. S3: evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system. S4: individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.