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Getting to Know You: Developing Short Biographies to Build Community

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Erika Griffin

Trumbull, Connecticut


International Literacy Association


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August 14, 2011

I noticed that you suggest to pair stronger academic students with students who need support. Actually, research states that strong students should be paired with homogenous partners and the same for students who are average or need support. This is because there is too great a discrepency in the ability level of high to low. This type of pairing only makes the high student frustrated and the low student frustrated or even feeling inadequate. A high student could be paired with a high average student, an average student could be paired with a low average, a low average student with a student who needs extra support. Using this method everyone feels successful and no one feels inferior or frustrated. I hope this makes sense and it is something that can be shared with all teachers.



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