Posidonius (c. 150 – 130 BCE) Greek stoic philosopher,polymath--πολυμαθής, polymathēs, "having learned much"Antique Representation of the World & circumference
History Text?The age demanded an image. --Ezra Pound Migrant Mother, 1936 Dorothea Lange Eyewitness to History
What makes a good science text? How might it draw on multiple genres, modes, intelligences, disciplines? www.sciencefriday.com Blue Whale Barrel Roll- (NPR podcasts, National Geographic)Who thought diet could stimulate such an interesting question?
Text Workshop for ML Project• Step 1: Textbook Tour Analysis – Readability, Content Usability, Interest • (Measurement Options: FRY chart handout, Alv., p. 184-186 , or Lexile Measure http://www.lexile.com/analyzer• Step 2: Choose DiverseTrade Sources / genreshttp://inkthinktank.comSimulations, web, audio, video
Is my textbook or tradebook appropriate? (Alv, Chap 10)• Readability (Cloze or Formula –Fry, Lexiles)• Students Reading Level- CCS brings readers to text, elastic reading bands• Difficulty of Concepts, curricular match• Organization• Visual Appeal, Style• Skill / Strategy Emphasis• Depth, breadth• Current information?
Analyzing Non-fiction Text• “True” = informational? Let’s define some genres!• What are we looking for? (purpose, place in learning process (B, D, A textbook?, Lisa’s list)• Accuracy, style, focus, features (Figure 3.5)• Linguistic challenges (non-linear text, vocab, sentence length, density, abstract nouns (Zang, 2008, p 479)