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La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
La Grange Elementary: WDL and WtoL Strategies
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  • 1. Not losing Sight of Where We’ve Been... Kelley A. Johnstone, Literacy Coach La Grange Elementary School August 2012Friday, August 10, 12
  • 2. The following slides and descriptions are a small sampling of the writing to learn and writing to demonstrate learning that we have utilized in the past few years. Remember, these are excellent strategies that can be useful with any age learner. Please don’t hesitate to ask me about tailoring for your classroom. KJFriday, August 10, 12
  • 3. Don’t forget: Gallery Walks Useful with pictures, text, or even current events. Remember to have a specific prompt to focus student responses.Friday, August 10, 12
  • 4. Exit Slips/ Entrance Slips This tool is an excellent way for students to respond to the guiding question. Don’t forget that you could even include a ‘vocabulary word bank’ to enhance use of content terminology.Friday, August 10, 12
  • 5. Content Literacy What is the most important information you want your students to read? Create a summary based on the standards, and the ‘theme’ that you are focusing on during the current UbD. Then ask students to read and react to the text.Friday, August 10, 12
  • 6. YOUTUBE... USE IT! or any other type of Video- It’s the 21st Century! After viewing, or event reading supplemental texts, students can write, speak and listen to peers to engage with the text and their partner to synthesize content.Friday, August 10, 12
  • 7. Responding with an Open Sort Use content vocabulary terms, combined with the strategy of an ‘Open Sort’ to allow students to respond to your prompt.Friday, August 10, 12
  • 8. Using a Word Splash A ‘Word Splash’ is a way to demonstrate learning. Remember, visual literacy is a powerful way for students to represent their understanding of the concept.Friday, August 10, 12
  • 9. Read-Make a Decision- Reflect Another option is to ask students to incorporate text, with an analysis, and a reflective statement demonstrating their knowledge.Friday, August 10, 12
  • 10. What’s Most Important Point After reading this text, I will be able to identify several ways that Native Americans, specifically members of the Inuit Tribe, adapted to their environment. Native American Adaptations to the Environment An ‘MIP’ or a Summary of the most important points from a major Here inflated seal skins hang from the wooded poles on the Inuit family’s tent frame. event in history or science concept. Easy The Inuit attached inflated seal skins to harpoons and used them as floats. ! Native Americans had to adapt their way of life to their surroundings. Each group had to a find way to use the available natural resources wisely so it could survive in its particular environment. to create or capture the ! One group that lived in a very harsh environment was the Inuit, who are also known as eskimos. Like many Native Americans, the Inuit called themselves by the name that means “the people.” The Inuit lived in northwestern Alaska, northern Canada and Greenland, places that are also part of the Arctic. text that is most The Arctic ice fields are a place of long, cold winters and land that is frozen most of the year. ! The Inuit had to make special adaptations to their harsh adaptations: environment. They hunted animals such as whales, walruses, changes in a way important. seals, salmon, caribou, polar bears, Arctic foxes, squirrels, and of life that allow birds. The Inuit did not waste any part of the animals they people to survive in a captured. They ate meat. They sewed animal skins together to particular make clothing, blankets, and tents. They burned animal fat for environmentFriday, August 10, 12
  • 11. Visual Representations If students are given the option to be creative as they demonstrate what they know, engagement will be higher and they’ll be strengthening their understanding at a higher level.Friday, August 10, 12
  • 12. ? Getting the Gist? ‘Getting the Gist’ is a strategy that asks you to begin synthesizing your understanding by starting with the big picture, then narrowing your thinking to just ten words or less.Friday, August 10, 12
  • 13. Three Column Organizer Three Column Graphic Organizer doesn’t need to be limited to just Facts/ Questions/Thinking. Create the organizer to meet your content topics, tailoring based on standards and classroom discussions.Friday, August 10, 12

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