Whole-Group Instruction

Learning Journey Review

The Learning Journey Review is taking an essential question or a big idea from a content unit and making it visual for the students, usually in a chart or poster. The chart, illustrating a timeline or taxonomy chart, is created at the beginning of an ELA unit and is constantly referred to at the beginning of each week and at the end of the week, thereby helping to connect the week's lessons together.

Strategy Resources (2)
 
Poster
 
 
Pictorial representations of content are a way for students, especially English language learners, to access key concepts and vocabulary in a visual way. This document provides a step-by-step process on how to make your essential question of the unit or the content you're teaching accessible to your students by using butcher paper and colors to represent it, and provides examples as well.
 
Poster
 
 
Pictorial representations of content are a way for students, especially English language learners, to access key concepts and vocabulary in a visual way. This document provides a step-by-step process on how to make your essential question of the unit or the content you're teaching accessible to your students by using butcher paper and colors to represent it, and provides examples as well.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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