Reflection: ELL Students Biological Effects of Radiation - Section 1: Introduction


I had a delightful accidental learning experience when doing this lesson. The idea I got is that I can use hyperlinks to help students who have lower reading comprehension skills check for understanding themselves, rather than rely solely on the teacher or their classmates.

The way the main article for this assignment works is that there are a list of questions at the beginning of the page, and then the article follows. This format helps people who are looking for an answer to a specific question.

However, what I noticed is that confident readers did not waste time scrolling back up to click on the next question. They understood what they were reading and were aware of the questions that I expected them to answer. On the other hand, less confident readers were grateful for the hyperlinks because it helped to boost their confidence. “Oh, I do have the correct answer” noted one student after clicking the hyperlink to see if he was in the right place.

This makes me realize that I could design assignments like this using a word document that could live on my website. In this way, I could help all lower level readers gain confidence as they grapple with difficult text.

  Computer assisted checks for understanding
  ELL Students: Computer assisted checks for understanding
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Biological Effects of Radiation

Unit 9: Nuclear Chemistry
Lesson 10 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to explain how radiation can harm the human body and how to guard against it.

Big Idea: Some types of radioactive materials can do severe damage to living organisms.

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