ERIC Number: ED220858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Lend Me a Hand: A Demonstration Lesson for a Biology/English Cluster.
The first in-class assignment for the English section of a Biology/English cluster provides students with an opportunity to observe, record, and organize data that are immediately available. The students first describe the hand with which they are not writing and then reorganize their observations into a brief paragraph. Next they read aloud and compare their paragraphs. Then the teacher reads them a variety of literal and metaphoric definitions of "hand." In the next part of the lesson, the students rearrange their original observation notes and write new paragraphs organized from the smallest unit observed to the largest. Then, after the teacher reads W. Ross Winterowd's "The Five Perspectives" to them, they are asked to write a journal entry for homework that incorporates their observations and conclusions into the categories Winterowd suggests. In order to help the students make cross curricular connections, the discussion in the next class focuses on how the data would have been organized for a biology assignment. By the end of this assignment students (1) begin to observe and record available data, (2) see relationships among and between objects observed, (3) become aware of the intended audience of a piece of discourse, and (4) use writing as a mode of learning transferable to biology. (An appendix contains student writing resulting from this lesson.) (JL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Winterowd (W Ross)
Note: Paper presented at the National Endowment for the Humanities/Beaver College Summer Institute for Writing in the Humanities (Glenside, PA, July 1982).