ERIC Number: ED380952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Journeys and Destinations: The Challenge of Change. A Language Arts Unit for Grades 2-3.
Cawley, Carol; And Others
This unit of study for high-ability language arts students in grades 2-3 uses an inquiry-based approach to investigate literature in an interdisciplinary curriculum. The guiding theme of the unit is the recognition of change as a concept that affects people and their relationships as well as the world around them. The unit provides the vehicle for student participation in activities that elicit examination of physical and behavioral changes in individuals and in relationships. An open-ended approach to the discussion process emphasizes the search for meaning in literature. Vocabulary and grammar development supports the readings as well. Students consider the role of memory in their lives, through writing about memories and through research on the role of technology in preserving memories. The unit is designed to improve students' critical reasoning related to comprehension of the main idea of a selection, understanding of the concept of change, and supporting an answer with valid reasons. This guide presents goals and outcomes, a list of student readings, an assessment model, a paper analyzing the concept of change, teaching models, 21 lesson plans, assessment forms, a list of almost 100 works taught in the unit and resource materials used in its development, an annotated bibliography of 28 items on the concept of change, and a list of 41 computer software resources. (JDD)
Descriptors: Change, Computer Software, Critical Thinking, Gifted, Individual Development, Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interpersonal Relationship, Language Arts, Lesson Plans, Literature Appreciation, Memory, Primary Education, 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.