Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Magnetism and Complex Text - Section 4: Application

 

Today I admitted something to my students. Sometimes when I am “reading” my eyes are processing the words, but my mind is thinking about what’s for dinner. When this happens, and it can go on for a whole paragraph, I am no longer thinking. Students confessed that this often happens to them as well. I told them I think that it is natural—I've had it happen to me even when I am reading purely for pleasure, and definitely when I am reading some more complex text.

We brainstormed a list of what active reading looks like today, and the list is pretty extensive. Here is my other point—different readers will enter a reading with different reading skill levels, and it is important that when and if they are having trouble reading something that they then have a list of strategies to choose from in order to be able to make meaning about what they are reading. Two students offer their favorite strategies in this reading strategies video.

In looking over samples of student work like magnetism notes from Student 1 after the lesson, it is clear that most students are able to grapple with the complex text. They are able to explain words like ferromagnetic and domain. However, in looking at work like the magnetism notes from Student 2 it is also clear that to varying degrees they unclear about the physics of magnets, which they will study more next year. Most importantly, however, is that students did not shy away from the Magnetism article, even though the writing style and the use of vocabulary made many of them uncomfortable. That degree of perseverance that students showed bodes well for their ability to grow as readers in the upcoming year.

 

  Diverse Entry Points: Reading is Thinking
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Magnetism and Complex Text

Unit 1: Chemical and Physical Properties
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: Students will develop skills to engage in complex text, and will be able to explain that magnetism is a physical property that is observable at the macroscale, but has its roots in nanoscale properties.

Big Idea: Magnetism is a physical property that can be used to study how something is made.

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