So, when I found out that the history topic my current class needed to learn about was Ancient Greece, I could feel Percy tapping me on the shoulder. I quickly bought the ebook for my iPad and set to work planning.
The learning outcomes for this unit are quite different (and the kiddos are brand new to me) so our learning is, of course, very different. One thing I was super keen to keep though was a narrative project. The basic premise: choose an Ancient Greek god and write a narrative with the demigod child of that god as the protagonist. The god must be involved in either the complication or the resolution somehow.
And therein lay the problem or the complication. I discovered pretty quickly that the class needed a review of narrative structure. (Ha! See what I did there? Oh dear, I'm laughing at my own jokes. That's sad.)
I gave out sticky notes and we used everyone's contribution to co-construct a shared understanding.
Plot Mountain Anchor Chart by Markeeta Roeis licensed under a
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“Avoiding Masterchef style feedback” a new post about feedback and critique https://t.co/XiwiUE9pjc— Tom Barrett (@tombarrett) June 13, 2016
It was rather affirming to read, and a timely reminder to keep it up.@tombarrett Great piece. Highlights -for me- the importance of giving feedback at sts' pre-writing point. Need to do more of this. Thanks!— Markeeta RoePhillips (@MarkeetaRP) June 13, 2016
I'll update as the narratives take shape. I can't wait to see how the kiddos incorporate their inquiries into Ancient Greece into their narratives.
This relates to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
Standard 1 Know the students and how they learn
Standard 2 Know the content and how to teach it
Standard 3 Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Standard 7 Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community