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Textmasters: Shaking Up Textbook Reading in Science Classrooms
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Seven 60-minute lessons|
North Canton, Ohio
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Computers with Internet access
- Content area textbook and Internet article on a related topic
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing.
- Textmasters Role Sheet-Discussion Director
- Textmasters Role Sheet-Summarizer
- Textmasters Role Sheet-Vocabulary Enricher
- Textmasters Role Sheet-Webmaster
- Textmasters Self-Reflection Sheet (one for each session)
- Textmasters Schedule (Sessions 3-6)
- Culminating Activity Rubric
|1.||Bookmark National Geographic Explorer: Living It Up in Space so that students may access the article and its links on classroom computers or bring the website up on an interactive whiteboard for whole-group reading. Alternatively, select another article that parallels the unit you are currently studying in the textbook; both Time for Kids and National Geographic Kids offer timely articles on a range of scientific topics at varying grade levels.
|2.||Preview the chapter students will read in Textmasters groups and use the Textmasters Schedule sheet to organize how much reading you want students to do for each meeting.
|3.||Use the schedule sheet to create groups for Textmasters. Textmasters lends itself to heterogeneous grouping; it is suggested that groups are a mix of both high- and low-achieving students. Because the roles rotate throughout the Textmasters cycle, role assignment at the beginning of the strategy is not important; all students will assume each role at least once.
|4.||Create a packet of the Textmasters handouts for each student: one of each role sheet and the self-reflection sheet for Session 1 and a second packet for subsequent sessions (the number of role sheets will vary, depending on the number of sessions you will need to complete the textbook chapter).