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Heroes Around Us

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Mary E. Shea, Ph.D.

Mary E. Shea, Ph.D.

Buffalo, New York

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Overview

From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

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.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

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.

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