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Surrey Teachers Convention 2014

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    Building Thematic Units from Bookroom Offerings Building Thematic Units from Bookroom Offerings Presentation Transcript

    • Building Thematic Units from Bookroom Offerings Surrey Teachers Association Convention 2014 Presented by: Jonathan Vervaet & Cori Penner
    • Enduring Understandings are the “big ideas” of the curriculum. They are more than goals for a unit or grade; they are the rationale for engaging in discipline.
    • Enduring Understandings: From ELA Curriculum - A good thinker uses interpretations, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation to deepen and enhance understanding. - Meaning making is a constructive and creative process; the quest for meaning is never complete. - We need to reflect on, monitor, and regulate our own learning in order to improve.
    • Essential Questions “The best questions serve not only to promote understanding of the content... they also spark connections and promote transfer of ideas.” - Wiggins and McTighe
    • An Essential Question will be successful if it meets two criteria: If it is phrased in a way to be interesting or compelling to students. If it gets after enduring understandings from the discipline(s) being studied.
    • When we organize our curriculum conceptually around enduring understandings and/or inquiry questions, we create a context for learning about ideas, concepts, and interpretive literacy processes students need to become accomplished readers, writers, and thinkers.
    • In our session we will cover: • Possible Themes to Develop Units Around • Essential Questions to Promote Thinking • Recommended Texts / Novels
    • What themes do you already introduce your students to in your English classes?
    • • Some themes: • Holocaust • Humanity / Man • Tolerance • Tales of Terror • Dystopia • Vampires • Aboriginal Education – Residential Schools • Truth and Reconciliation • Happiness • Justice and Morality • Identity • Personal Struggles (Substance Abuse, Anorexia etc.) • Survival • The American Dream • Heroes • Journey • Rejection of Society
    • • Some themes: • Power and Authority – Mob Mentality • Relationships • Revolution / Change in Society • Relationship with Technology • Social Media • Body Image • Existence • Death and the After Life • The Dead and the Undead • The Power of Language / Word Choice • Justice and Morality • Finding One’s Voice • Expression • Spoken Word – Empowerment • Moving Beyond Generational Guilt
    • What essential questions could you ask students to help them begin to think about or engage in each of these themes?
    • Is the American dream poisonous? Is human nature inherently dark? Are humans good or evil? Man is a wolf to his fellow man… What makes a good story? Is there a ‘canon’ of literature? Will endure? What makes works of literature / music endure? What makes us who we are?
    • What is impact of absence? How does belief / non belief in an afterlife effect the way you live? What makes a complete / full life? How does the inevitability of death change the way one lives? What is at the root of a contributing member of society? What is the impact of empowerment? What are the underlying powers in society? What makes humans do inhumane things?
    • Contact Information Jonathan Vervaet Email: jonathanvervaet@gmail.com Twitter: @jonathanvervaet Cori Penner Email: coripenner@gmail.com Twitter: @CoriPenner