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Understanding Goal

Letters, diaries and journals can tell us about history.

Investigative Question

How might primary sources help us become better writers?


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.