Reflection: Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced) An Ocean of Knowledge - Section 5: Review


I think it is so important to bring our learning back to our essential question for each unit.  By bringing the students back to the essential question, they're connecting back to the "big idea" of the series of lessons, or unit.  They are also forming connections between the different texts we read by starting to see how these all tie back to the "big idea".  As students get more practice thinking about the essential question, they can see how to compare and contrast different pieces of text, or find similar themes, or argue for why one text is better than another for a specific purpose, and more!  This is the type of thinking that I'd like my students to practice regularly in order to better prepare for critical thinking tasks, as well as assessments such as the PARCC (or Smarter Balanced).  Tying my instruction back to the essential question is "essential"!  (Get it? Ha!)

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An Ocean of Knowledge

Unit 1: Oceans Unit
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT provide brief notes taken from print and digital texts and write a informational piece with idea development appropriate to task and purpose.

Big Idea: Students will show off their knowledge gained from reading informational text and digital sources by creating an "Ocean of Knowledge" piece showing their questions and answers.

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