February 26, 2015

Supporting Classroom Instruction: Keep It or Junk It for a Biology Classroom

Carol Healy at Inspire Academy and I collaborated today to build a Keep It or Junk It Lesson with a National Geographic article, "Europeans Less Genetically Diverse Than Africans". We read the article, discussed it's content & purpose, and drafted a focus question. Guided by our knowledge of students, other texts in the Human Genetics Unit, and Student Achievement Partners' Academic Word Finder, we also added definitions of key terms above grade level. Engaging in the lesson as learners we were able to draft a key with a possible evidence lists and categories for kept words and phrases. Carol will use the lesson next week & I cannot wait to see the student work. You can find the edited text here and the lesson handout here.

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