Latest teaching and learning ideas

The Latest in Tech, Tools and Toys for Teachers.  Lesson Plans, Classroom resources and ideas for busy teachers.  iPad Apps and Android Apps for teachers and students.

Digital Literacies Task - Unpacking a Seed

Thanks to Mark Muldoon and Cindy Armstrong for their assistance in putting this together this is a great 90 minute lesson about unpacking a seed.  Unpacking a seed essentially means using an image or an object to inspire your students to delve really deep into the concepts related to that as a group and produce a great piece of writing based on the ideas which come from that.  You can  directly download the full PowerPoint lesson plan here or simply use the slideshare below.  Enjoy

Introduction:

  • Introduce to the children that you are taking writing in a new direction and that you are going to allow them to choose what they are going to write.
  • Explain to them that there will be some guidelines (up to you to create) and set accordingly.
  • Explain that they will be undergoing a process called ‘Unpacking a Seed’ and hand out an enlarged copy of the Unpacking a Seed Template (Below). Also use Butcher’s paper to model if this is your first time doing this.

Body:

  • Pull up an image onto your IWB (interactive whiteboard) / show it to the children if you do not have one. (Current issues really resonate with the children, such as flooding, animal cruelty, fires, bank fees, etc).
  • Discuss the image and see if any children have anything that they can add.
  • Now refer children to template and ask them to write down everything that they can see (Absolutely EVERYTHING).
  • Then ask them to write down what they think about the photo.
  • Now ask them how they feel about the photo and to record all the emotions that this picture stirs up inside them.
  • Next, ask them to write down anything that they are currently wondering about the photo.
  • Now ask the children to write down big questions that relate to the issue (big questions are those that sit outside the box and don’t have a clear answer. It would need to be researched).
  • Finally, ask the children to write down text types (persuasive, letter, poster, narrative, etc) that they could use as a writer to make a difference and tell people about this issue.

Conclusion:

  • In the very first session, I would model each stage with the children and discuss after they had filled in their own template. Once the children get quite good at this process, I would only stop at the end of filling in boxes 1-4 and then discuss big questions and what we could do a writers (as a whole group).

Digital Literacies unpacking a seed

View more

presentations

from

Kevin Cummins

.