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ERIC Number: ED123637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 17
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On Beyond Veatch.
Blatt, Gloria T.
This paper discusses the thematic unit as a series of activities including reading, discussions, drama sessions, art workshops, games, writing, and movies, all revolving around a single topic. Students are free to seek and select their own books or stories within the topic and to read at their own pace. The thematic unit also includes a heightened oral interaction which comes from working with the shared topic. A World War II unit used by a heterogeneously grouped seventh and eighth grade class with reading ability ranging from about third grade to adult level is described in depth. It was concluded that the unit was successful in a number of ways. The children learned how to gather information from many kinds of books. They used drama sessions to explore feelings and read for detail. They read stories critically, comparing and questioning story line, character development, and the reliability of the information they had read. Moreover, the children were enthusiastic throughout the unit. A bibliography of books related to the World War II theme is given. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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