Wow reading is fun!!
These second graders are engaged and excited about Reading. They are able to look at a series of pictures, retell the story, explain what has happened, make connections, and predict what will happen next. This teacher does a great job asking questions, leading discussion, and encouraging students to dig deeper (remember the story and determine the lesson/ moral of the story).
There is a series of videos that expand on this idea of interactive reading including: text to text connections, building background knowledge, writing in response, and more.
By Ruslana Westerlund
History is often studied as facts, events or lives of historical figures. We study history to understand the past or even predict the future. If we want to build democratic classrooms, history needs to be problematized. This is not a new idea. We ask students to answer questions such as whose history are we studying? Who wrote the history? Which perspectives are presented and whose are misrepresented? Whose voices are included and whose voices are excluded? In addition, is the historical portrayal of events objective or subjective? Can historians be free of bias?
To answer those questions, we must look at the language used in history. Hence, the question is not what is the language of history but instead, what does language DO in history? Even more importantly, what do authors do when they write history?
Hence, the question is not what is the language of history but instead,
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I believe visuals help students make connects to text. This lesson provides visuals and shows building of vocabulary.