Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Planning for Literacy in Jump Start

I am wanting to build a lot more literacy specific activities into my course / lesson planning. It has become apparent this year that this is where a major failing is within the course so I want to address this right from the start. With this in mind, my planning for the Jump Start at the end of this year for the Year 10 going into NCEA Level 1 has included very specific activities to hopefully help the students analyse and understand the information they are going to be collecting about the work of a chosen architect.
I started my planning on a Google Doc where I could see the overview of what I was trying to do.
Then I transferred all of the resources and planning onto the class site that I am making especially for this class next year. All of this planning in under the Literacy drop down.
I am hoping to build further activities here so that this type of work becomes the normal way we work and hopefully improves the students subject specific literacy skills over time. In this way, we can move the achievement up to merit and excellence.

Term 4 - Jump Start

4 Class OnAir Lessons - Focus on Literacy and Vocabulary

Link to work
Film Poster Analysis
Students work in pairs to analyse movie posters with 10 design related words. They then find the definitions of these words.

Present this work on the classroom walls for them to refer to easily.
Reading Exercise
Students read the example description of the Chrysler Building and highlight the SOLO related words in yellow, green and blue. They then take the words that they do not know and add them to a shared Answer Garden.
Difficult words from previous exercise
Students to work in pairs and choose 2 words from the answer garden (previous activity)

Use Dictionary.com to find the meanings - the exercise will be about reading the different meanings available on Dictionary.com and making an informed decision about what they are going decide is the one they need to use.

Put findings on a shared area and decide as a class if the decisions are correct / make sense.
Design Word / Vocab illustration
Take short list of some basic design words / vocab and find illustrations / images that will help explain what they mean.

Make a display on the classroom wall of these word illustrations to refer to.

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