- Students' responses to each others Literacy Essays based on
the issues raised in the last class session.
- To discuss the Literacy Essays
- To use that discussion to set up the central ideas for the
outside readings for the summary/response.
- Reread Keller (PHG pp. 110-112) and read Baker (PHG: 22-23)
and Brush (LM 312-313). For each essay, write about them in terms
of the themes we discussed in class today. How would each of
these authors respond to the same issues?
- Daily on overhead or "Y" drive.
- Start out with the following Daily writing prompt: (5-10 min.)
Now that you've read and responded to several other Literacy Essays
individually, spend some time thinking and writing about what they tell
you as a set. In general, what are the most important issues these
essays raise about language and literacy? What do they suggest as a set
about the themes we generated in the last class?
- Start a class discussion based on this prompt. You can begin
by putting the key relationships you discussed in the last class
back on the board (the five areas you started with plus any additional
areas generated by your students). Then, take some responses
from the class about the general ideas for each category that
arose from the Literacy Essays. Let this take some time, allowing
your students to freely discuss the issues they discovered. Also
make sure you students write down the list of themes you generate
- Once you've got these responses on the board, take one of
the categories and ask your students for individual examples from
the Literacy Essays they read that might serve to support the
general statement (essentially, a synthesis of authors on that
single point). Explain to your students that this is what they'll
be working toward for the next few weeks--an essay which takes
the outside authors and groups them around a central theme, giving
examples of how each author addresses the theme. But first, the
Summary/Response will allow them to find the approaches of several
authors to the class' central themes one at a time, and allow
them to build their critical reading and analytical skills in
- Hand out the Summary/Response assignment sheet, have your
students read it aloud, paraphrase the purpose of the assignment,
and ask any initial questions. (5-10 min).
- Explain the assignment for next time.