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March 16, 2015


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Tom Hathorn

Hey Marsha! Here's a link to the full lesson plan, "Close Reading + Argumentation: Wolves in Yellowstone," at the Literacy Design Collaborative website:
If you create an account for LDC CoreTools, you can browse for other literacy lessons in content areas.

I like your idea--using literacy techniques on an article to support student learning about the nature of forces:
"I would need to find a good article that describes action-reaction pairs..."
This is a huge part of this work--finding text that has all of the qualities you want.

  • interesting or controversial to students
  • not too long for close reading
  • demands close reading (anyone reading it would want to reexamine it)
  • contains important science content
  • uses crosscutting concepts along with the science content
Something I did with the text is to number every 5th line to make it easy to press students for evidence when discussing the article..."Where did you see that in the article?" can be a common prompt from the teacher. After a while, students will automatically reference the evidence so that everyone can understand their point.

Marsha Ratzel

Thanks Tom for your comments. I just checked a whole load of books to read and see if I can find anything that works for the article.

I really like that numbering idea, too. It would make talking about the article much easier. I will definitely do that.

Thanks again.

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