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Wisconsin IB Schools Literature » Grade 7 Key Ideas and Details: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot). Craft and Structure: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

Journey: A Beautiful Wordless Story About the Power of the Imagination by Maria Popova Watercolors and whimsy for hearts of all ages. Journey (public library), the debut children’s book by illustrator Aaron Becker, is a charming and empowering wordless story about a lonely little girl who finds herself in an imaginary world and learns to bend it to her own imagination by drawing with a magical red marker. In this wonderful short film, Becker cracks open his creative process and invites us in for a peek: There’s a delicate balance between controlling what you’re doing and … letting it go. Journey is absolutely wonderful and bewitching in its entirety. Images copyright © 2013 by Aaron Becker. Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount. Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr

ISTE One-Stop for CCSS Using Gallery Walks for Revision and Reflection One of the Eight Essential Elements of Project Based Learning is Revision and Reflection. This important element enables learners to improve their work through the use of feedback from multiple sources – peers, teacher, and expert. However, giving and receiving feedback from others can be tricky. One way to avoid potential pitfalls and help ensure feedback is “kind, specific, and helpful” (to quote Ron Berger) is to use a protocol. Our version of a Gallery Walk protocol doesn't take much time; it provides a structure for critique; and it levels the playing field, since participants are both givers and receivers of feedback. Project Title Grade Level Project Idea (summary of main issue/task/purpose) Driving Question Content (summary of key standards/topics) Major Products (what students will create) Public Audience (who will see & hear presentations or use products) Below is the slide we use to give directions. “I wonder if the Driving Question will seem engaging to students?”

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year As a beginning teacher I knew that it was important to connect with parents and to build a positive relationship with them, but at times I wasn't sure how to do this. Within the first week of school I'd call all my student's parents or guardians, introduce myself, and share a little about what they could expect for their kids in my class that year. In retrospect, I wish I'd asked more questions about their child and then listened more to what they had to say. After twenty years of experience and after sending my own child off to school, here are some questions I'd ask parents with the intention of building a partnership to support their child's learning. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. While ideally teachers would be able to meet with every parent and have this kind of a conversation in person, I recognize that our schools are not aligned to this priority and we just don't have the time. I write this blog less from the stance of a teacher and more from my perspective as a mother.

The Hexagon of Proof Following up on the work of Serra and De Villiers, and in the spirit of recent discussions about the success Bloom's Taxonomy has had in penetrating classrooms, I present the Hexagon of Proof. There are six components to the Hexagon of Proof. Learning is a messy affair that doesn't follow any sort of strict hierarchy, so a math classroom should involve all six of these aspects of proof. Still, if teachers find that their students are having trouble proving things in some area in math, students may benefit from time spent disagreeing over or debating some related mathematical propositions. The idea is that the reasons that are needed for proof can be developed through a variety of contexts that kids are more familiar with, such as arguing with each other over something controversial. Here's how this might look in class: Disagreeing - Hook the kids into a disagreement. Debating - In the face of disagreement, ask kids to defend their views.

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners The humble question is an indispensable tool: the spade that helps us dig for truth, or the flashlight that illuminates surrounding darkness. Questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown, and adapt to change. That makes it a most precious “app” today, in a world where everything is changing and so much is unknown. To change that is easier said than done. How to Encourage Questioning 1. Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. 2. This is a tough one. 3. Part of the appeal of “questions-only” exercises is that there’s an element of play involved, as in: Can you turn that answer/statement into a question? 4. Obviously, we must praise and celebrate the questions that are asked -- and not only the on-target, penetrating ones, but also the more expansive, sometimes-offbeat ones (I found that seemingly “crazy questions” sometimes result in the biggest breakthroughs). 5. So ask yourself this beautiful question: How might I encourage more questioning in my classroom?

ISTE 2014 Atlanta Sign Language I travel around the world every day - thanks to families across the globe Do you want to know how I usually start my day? I travel around the world. Thanks to this fantastic group of bloggers from around the world, I can catch real-time images of daily life as it unfolds in countries across the globe – all from the comfort of my own home. One of the most recent photos I posted to Instagram - my "boys" racing through an apple orchard. A playgroup enjoying Oktoberfest festivities in Germany. A family visiting a new food market in The Netherlands. A mother and child visiting a pumpkin patch in the US. A family eating grilled meat for Eid al-Adha in Morocco. Children making Adinkra prints as part of their West African studies in Canada. Just one of the many photos I posted from our summer vacation in New York City - me in front of the United Nations Building. With each photo a Multicultural Kid Blogs blogger posts to Instagram, I learn more and more about the world around me - and abroad. Everyone says technology makes the world a smaller, more interconnected one.

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