1.8 text connections


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A PBL unit for year 11 text connections based on the theme of overcoming adversity. Updated for use with a BYOD class.

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1.8 text connections

  1. 1. THEME STUDY Updated for use with 1:1 devices 2014 English 1.8: Explain significant connection(s) across texts, using supporting evidence Credits: 4 Christine Wells
  2. 2. PROJECT BASED LEARNING 1. Open ended driving question or challenge 2. Creates a need to know essential content & skills 3. Covers significant content 4. Requires inquiry to learn and create something new 5. 21st Century skills: collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity 6. Allows student voice and choice 7. Revision and reflection 8. Create a product to share publicly 2
  3. 3. DRIVING QUESTION What can we learn about human behaviour and society from the theme of overcoming adversity? 3
  4. 4. DISCOVER 1. Learning Intentions 2. 3. 4. To read/view a range of texts with the theme of overcoming adversity To explore the theme and find evidence to support your ideas from the studied texts To analyse what we learn about human behaviour/society from these texts To discover how make your blog scannable 4
  5. 5. DISCOVER: YOUR MISSION… This year you will study a variety of texts in class.You will need to choose three texts studied in class and one text that you have selected independently to write about. Your teacher will guide you in your choice of the independent text to ensure that your text is at an appropriate level. You will present a report, which shows how all your texts are connected thematically. The theme we will look at is Overcoming Adversity. 5
  6. 6. DISCOVER: OVERCOMING Gathering ADVERSITY Processing Thinking Relating to others Using language, text and symbols Managing self Participating & contributing Applying 1. Google what this term actually means. Report your findings to the class. 2. Use YouTube to find an example of someone overcoming adversity. Share with the class. 3. Create a new page on your blog and answer the following: Explain your understanding of overcoming adversity. Include the YouTube clip that you have found. Think of a time when you have had to overcome a challenge. Write a paragraph to describe and explain what happened and how you dealt with it. 6
  7. 7. DISCOVER: MAKE YOUR BLOG SCANNABLE http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006 /02/20/scannable-content/ 1. In pairs, read the above link to learn how to make your blog easier to read and more appealing to the reader. 2. List 5 ideas from the article that you will include when you create your blog. Gathering Processing Thinking Relating to others Using language, text and symbols Managing self Participating & contributing 7
  8. 8. CREATE: RESPOND TO EACH TEXT Gathering Processing Applying After you have studied each text, answer the following: Identify and describe an event which clearly shows the theme of ‘overcoming adversity’. List the characters that are involved in this event. Explain why this situation developed. Thinking Using language, text and symbols Managing self Record a quote which clearly shows the theme of overcoming adversity. Explain why this quote is important. Explain what this situation teaches us about human behaviour/society. Explain why the author/director included this event. What does he/she wants the reader/viewer to learn or realise? 8 List the ways that this text is similar to other texts you have studied.
  9. 9. CREATE: PRESENTING YOUR EXPLANATION Using the significant connection across texts which you have chosen, write a report (which is at least 350 words long) in which you: Identify the connection which is significant across your texts. Explain how the connection is significant across your texts by expressing your ideas about the connection. Give evidence from each text which illustrates the connection across your texts. Note: You may identify more than one connection across some of the texts. Your report should: Have an introduction which identifies your texts and the connection between your texts. Explain how each individual text is connected to the theme and/or each other. 9
  10. 10. SHARE A developed piece of writing which clearly explains the connections between 4 texts is published on a blog Success Criteria The report clearly explains what we learn about human behaviour/society The writing has been edited and uses conventions correctly The writing uses the correct structure and a format appropriate for a blog 10
  11. 11. SHARE Applying Once you have completed your report you need to publish it on your blog. Thinking Relating to others Using language, text and symbols Participating & contributing 11
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  13. 13. REFLECT Thinking Using language, text and symbols Managing self Applying 1. Did I get my blog finished by the due date? If not, why not? 2. Did my blog explain the connections between texts well and include appropriate evidence? 3. Have I completed work on this issue in other subjects? If yes, in what ways was this helpful? 4. Do I see any patterns in how I approached my work - such as following an outline, keeping to deadlines? Was this efficient? 5. Did I do an effective job of explaining what we learn about human behaviour/society? Explain why? 6. How can I use what I have learnt to make a difference in my life? 13
  14. 14. BIBLIOGRAPHY Adapted from NZQA task peterpappas.com http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/20/sc annable-content/ pinterest.com 14