Small group discussion informal the ability to convey

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Small group discussionInformalThe ability to convey one’s thoughts through speech is justas important as writing. Students learn well from smallgroup discussions because they are engaging their peers and feel more at ease with them. During this time, teachers areable to visit each group to hear their thoughts or challenges they face with the topic. This also allows opportunity to engagedeeper thinking with students as opposed to a whole class discussion. Both content and literacy assessment can be done simultaneously in this exercise. Misuse of this tool can be committed by both teacher and students. Student may get off topic and act as though they areengaged in content discussion only whenthe teacher is near or present to listen to the group. An educator can sleuth enough determine this through topic related questions though. Additionally,use of this too much could provide frustrations for ELL students who are not ready to engage in discussions and still in the “silent learning” phase. Balance should be executed with assessments, so that avariety is used to allow for patterns, strengths and weaknesses in either content or literacy to be identified. Part 2: Literacy Assessment ToolsAssessment ToolRationaleVocabularyVocabulary checks are useful literacy tools because they can be objectively scoring (-, ,+). A minus means that a student did not accurately define the term. A check indicates that the student correctly defined the term, but
TYPES OF LITERACY MATRIX5some information may be confused, or they provided the exact definition from the textbook. A plus would identify an answer that not only defines the term but does so in their own words. Multimodal ReadingMultimodal reading involves interpretation ofinformation contained in texts such as picture books, textbooks, graphic novels, comic, posters, etc.… This is an important tool in science because students will often have to interpret visuals to understand their meaning such as the use of graphs, tables, and photos from microscopes. Making Connections withing Text, ReadingsMaking connections between ideas is important for all content areas, including science. An example of this is having students compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis and then doing the same for meiosis Iand II. Part 3: Technology ResourcesTechnology ResourceRationaleChromebook or laptopA laptop, Chromebook, or computer of some nature is essential for the 21stcentury student. The internet provides a variety of tools and resources for students to use that are related toliteracy and content. Smart BoardsSmart Boards are a great tool for students to see videos, but more importantly interact withPowerPoint presentations or Word documents.GrammarlyStudents enrolled in biology are typically 9thor 10thgraders, so having a good foundation on English skills are necessary as they prepare to finish secondary school and enter the workforce or post-secondary education.

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