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Overview

Student Work:
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Subject/Sub-Subject: Language Arts/Writing


Title: Zoom-In: Letter


Summary:

A Zoom-In PowerPoint Presentation guides student exploration of an image and helps students practice critical thinking skills using background knowledge of the parts of a letter. Participants reflect on the relationship of the image to an Understanding Goal that is central to the discipline.


Understanding Goal

Letters, diaries and journals can tell us about history.

Investigative Question

How might primary sources help us become better writers?

Grade(s): 3, K
Audience: General
Learners: As a Model Activity a Zoom-In is used individually, in small or large groups with teachers across grades levels and disciplines.
Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
Standards

Field Tests

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April 18, 2007 - Sara Hoffman
February 20, 2007 - Nancy Kauffunger
January 31, 2007 - Kelly Adams
December 19, 2006 - Erik Byker
November 27, 2006 - Suzanne Herder
November 22, 2006 - Sean O'Day
November 20, 2006 - Esther Eacho
December 31, 1969 - Judith Knight
December 31, 1969 - Jaana Narsipur
December 31, 1969 - millicent grant
December 31, 1969 - Kathleen Gonzales
December 31, 1969 - Rhonda Zinke
December 31, 1969 - Myra Gilchrist
December 31, 1969 - Suneeta Maheshwari

Sources

Zoom-In: Letter

Understanding Goal

Letters, diaries and journals can tell us about history.

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Children at the FSA (Farm Security Administration) Camelback Farms inspect the photographer's camera, Phoenix, Arizona Thermometer and magnifying glass. Setup of thermometer and magnifying glass General Correspondence: Earhart, Amelia, 1932-1934 The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 10. Addenda to the Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1781-1829.
Diary of Mr. Mazzei's Affair, April 5, 1790  (Image 72) Betty Herndon Maury Diary entry, June 3, 1861 Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Helen Keller, March 23, 1907 - Transcription (Series: General Correspondence, Folder: Helen Keller, 1888-1918, undated)

Required Materials

Files

Letter.pps
Letter.ppt

Directions

Introduction

Step 1 Open the PowerPoint presentation and display the presentation to the whole group.
Step 2 Progress through each slide of the PowerPoint presentation while reading the questions aloud.
Step 3 Prompt participants to answer the questions in the powerpoint and discuss the image as each new section is unveiled.
Step 4 Discuss the changing interpretation of the primary source based upon the evidence presented.
Step 5 Relate the full image to the larger learning goals.
Step 6 Brainstorm other primary sources that could be examined in the same way and what could be learned by further examinations.

Best Practices


Analysis of Student Learning


Participants vocalize their interpretations of the image at each interval as the more and more of the image is presented. Interpretations change quickly as more of the picture is revealed and participants casually debate the merits of the various suggestions about the image. Participants easily reach the conclusion that interpretations vary given the material presented and the viewpoint of the person interpreting. Participants also recognize the wealth of clues into a situation that can be deciphered by close examination and consideration of a primary source.


Analysis of Best Instructional Practices (learn more)

Differentiated Instruction Differentiated Instruction (learn more)

Process

Product

Literacy Instruction Literacy Instruction(learn more)

Information/Media

Teaching for Understanding Teaching for Understanding(learn more)

Check Misconceptions

Technology Integration Technology Integration(learn more)

Content Presented

Whole Group Presentation

Student Products

Reflections and Recommendations


Participants generated examples of other motivating, primary sources that could be used to engage students and promote thinking related to the Understanding Goal. Possible student product possibilites were also generated. As a Model Activity for teachers, the group identified uses of this type of activity in a variety of content areas, easily relating multiple contents to a larger learning goal.


Credits

Authors and Contributors

Teaching with Primary Sources Northern Virginia
TPSNVA Staff, Teaching with Primary Sources Northern Virginia, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

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Children at the FSA (Farm Security Administration) Camelback Farms inspect the photographer's camera, Phoenix, Arizona Lee, R. 1942. Children at the FSA (Farm Security Administration) Camelback Farms inspect the photographer's camera, Phoenix, Arizona. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, FSA/OWI - Black and White Negatives.
Thermometer and magnifying glass. Setup of thermometer and magnifying glass Horydczak, T. c1920-c1950. Thermometer and magnifying glass. Setup of thermometer and magnifying glass. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Horydczak Collection .
General Correspondence: Earhart, Amelia, 1932-1934 Earhart, A. 1932. General Correspondence: Earhart, Amelia, 1932-1934. Library of Congress: American Memory, The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress.
The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 10. Addenda to the Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1781-1829.
Diary of Mr. Mazzei's Affair, April 5, 1790  (Image 72) Jefferson, T. 1790. The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 10. Addenda to the Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1781-1829. Diary of Mr. Mazzei's Affair, April 5, 1790 (Image 72). Library of Congress: American Memory, The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress.
Betty Herndon Maury Diary entry, June 3, 1861 Maury, Betty Herndon. 1861 Betty Herndon Maury Diary entry, June 3, 1861 . Library of Congress: Exhibitions, American Treasures of the Library of Congress.
Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Helen Keller, March 23, 1907 - Transcription (Series: General Correspondence, Folder: Helen Keller, 1888-1918, undated) Bell, A. G. (1917). Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Helen Keller, March 23, 1907 - Transcription (Series: General Correspondence, Folder: Helen Keller, 1888-1918, undated). Library of Congress: American Memory, Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress.