ERIC Number: ED380949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Literary Reflections on Personal and Social Change. A Language Arts Unit for Grades 4-6.
Prial, Kimberley C.; And Others
This unit of study involves high ability intermediate-grade students interacting with literature while enhancing reading comprehension and textual analysis skills. Students read literature and engage in shared inquiry to develop an awareness about the nature and importance of change, particularly as it affects people in various circumstances, times, and cultures. The literature selections serve as a basis for discussion, analysis, and interpretation. Students engage in writing activities not only by responding to the literature but also by using persuasive writing to express opinions on issues of significance that arise from the literature. Literature selections are drawn from multicultural samples of folk tales, stories, poetry, and novels. The unit is designed to improve development of critical reasoning related to comprehension of the main idea, understanding the concept of change, and supporting answers with valid reasons. This guide contains goals and outcomes, a list of student readings, an assessment model, an analysis of the concept of change, teaching models, 20 lesson plans, assessment forms, a bibliography of 81 works taught in the unit and resource materials used in the unit's development, an annotated bibliography of 16 items on the concept of change, and a list of 31 computer software resources. (JDD)
Descriptors: Change, Computer Software, Content Analysis, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Gifted, Inquiry, Intermediate Grades, Language Arts, Lesson Plans, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Persuasive Discourse, Reader Response, Reader Text Relationship, Reading Comprehension, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Teaching Models, Units of Study
College of William & Mary, School of Education, Center for Gifted Education, 232 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185 ($20 plus 10% shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. School of Education.; Washington-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Hudson Falls, NY. Southern Adirondack Educational Center.