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ERIC Number: ED315736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-2
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Implementing Anchored Instruction: Guiding Principles for Curriculum Development.
McLarty, Kim; And Others
A curriculum based on "anchored instruction" was developed to enhance students' literacy development and acquisition of knowledge. The curriculum was designed to create a rich, shared environment that generates interest and enables students to identify and define problems while they explore the content from many perspectives. Based on what is known about effective teaching, anchored instruction was developed to provide opportunities for teachers and students to work cooperatively in shared experiences. For example, the film "The Young Sherlock Holmes" (on videodisk) was used as a primary anchor or focus for relating content across subject areas. The use of a focus (i.e., the film) encourages students to view anchors from their own perspectives, to link learning across subject areas, to find information to explore problems that they identify, and to experience changes in their comprehension as they are introduced to new ideas from the teacher, from the texts, and from their peers. The seven key decision points which guided the development and implementation of anchored instruction relate to: (1) choosing an appropriate anchor; (2) developing shared expertise around the anchor; (3) expanding the anchor; (4) using knowledge as tools for problem solving; (5) teaching with the anchor; (6) merging the anchor with literacy experiences; and (7) allowing student exploration. (Seventeen references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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