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Heroes Around Us
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 45-minute sessions|
Buffalo, New York
Students will explore the distinction between a hero and an idol. Based on collaboratively established criteria for heroism and characteristics of heroes, students will select, read about, and report on a hero. Students will identify how their hero matches their criteria and characteristics. Hero reports will be compiled into a class book. As a follow-up, the teacher will read aloud and lead a discussion of the poem Heroes We Never Name to emphasize the fact that there are heroes all around us. Students will write about a hero they know and describe this person's noble qualities and deeds.
Coiro, J. (2003). Reading comprehension on the Internet: Expanding our understanding of reading comprehension to encompass new literacies. The Reading Teacher, 56, 458–464. Available: http://www.readingonline.org/electronic/elec_index.asp?HREF=/electronic/rt/2-03_Column/index.html
- Students have an opportunity to interact with new text formats (i.e., multiple media) that require new thought processes.
- Students are engaged with challenging, authentic information sources that are used extensively in the "real world."
- Readers must adopt a more critical stance toward text or risk being tricked, persuaded, or biased.
- The teacher acts as a facilitator—guiding readers to online texts, modeling how to use comprehension strategies flexibly, and scaffolding learning opportunities embedded within these sources.