Reflection: Coherence Survival of the Fittest (2 Days) - Section 2: Explore


As you read in the narrative, I have the students read the cartoon once so they can familiarize themselves with the concepts and ideas, and then read it a second time with the purpose of finding evidence to support their answers.

This read it once, read it again strategy helps students develop comprehension and supports content retention. During the first read, the students are getting an overview of the ideas being presented, and using "good reader" strategies, such as context clues, to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words. I think of it as whetting the mind. During the second read, the students, now familiar with the text, delve deeper into the concepts as they find specific evidence to support their answers/claims.

In this case, the students usually do not mind re-reading the cartoon, it is after all quite engaging. However, if you plan to use the strategy with other text formats, I would suggest separating the reading assignment into relatively small chunks (a paragraph or two), and not giving the questions that require evidence until after the first read is done. This will make students "have to" go back to the text to find the specific evidence to cite. 

With my really reluctant readers, I have also had them go through an exercise where they read a passage, rate themselves on how well they understood what they read and answer a couple of comprehension questions. Then re-reading the same passage and again rate themselves and answer questions. By the third read the students get the idea that re-reading increases their comprehension, and become more willing to do it in the future.

  Read it once, read it again
  Coherence: Read it once, read it again
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Survival of the Fittest (2 Days)

Unit 8: Evolution
Lesson 7 of 17

Objective: SWBAT explain what is meant by “survival of the fittest”, and create a cartoon that depicts their understanding.

Big Idea: Fitness does not mean stronger or faster.

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Science, natural selection (Evolution), Evolution, Genetics, fossil record (Evolution), Survival of the Fittest, fossils, genetic drift, cladistics, mutations, embryology
  110 minutes
the tortoise and the hare   project gutenberg etext 19993
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