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Strategy: Two Stars & a Wish Literacy Focus: Attentive Listening Grade Level: Grades 1-6
As the students listen to a presentation (usually a peer) they must find 2 things done well in the presentation and one thing the presenter could improve upon in future presentations. These ‘stars & wishes’ are usually based on a criteria that the students & teacher have established to assess the presentation.
Why this is an effective strategy:
It gives the students a purpose for their listening and also makes them accountable for their audience behaviour. It also helps them to focus on the pre-established criteria for class presentations and recognize what these items ‘look like’ & ‘sound-like’ and be able to apply them to their own presentations. It is also good for the student receiving the stars & wishes as they are praised by their peers in an authentic manner and are given one item to focus on developing before their next presentation. This assists them in becoming more reflective about their own learning as they can see the ‘good’ and develop learning targets to become more responsible for their own learning.
Language is a complex web of connections, transcending the artificial separations of schedules and disciplines. The language strands are interdependent, with listening, speaking, reading and writing being taught and learned simultaneously. Language is seen as involving learning language itself, learning about language and learning through language, and is the major connecting element across the curriculum… (p. 76).
Form your new discussion group based on the colour at the top of your article. (All blues together, etc…)
Each member of the new group will share their summary of the article they have read.
Discuss what you have learned. Could you use any of these ideas in your class? Could they be adapted to meet the needs of your students?
Putting It All Together: A Literacy Framework Language/Word Study Options: Interactive Edit Interactive Vocabulary Handwriting Minilesson Test Taking Skills Current Events Modeled or Shared Reading/Writing Readers’ Theatre/Process Drama Choral Reading Poetry Share/Response Word Study Interactive Read Aloud Reading Workshop (Book Talk/Minilesson) Independent Guided Literature Reading Reading Study Group Share And Evaluation Writing Workshop (Writer Talk/Minilesson) Independent Guided Investigations Writing Writing Group Share And Evaluation Oral, Visual, and Technological Communication Conversation Presentation Performance/Drama Visual Representation