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Grants: TeachNet Adaptors 2009
Book of the Month
Name: Louise Shedrick
School: Granville T. Woods MS for Science & Technology
Address: 130 Rochester Avenue
City: Brooklyn, NY, 11213
Email lshedrick@ms584.org
Original Project: Book of the Month
Author: Ellisa Berkowitz
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/readysettech/
berkowitz/berkowitz.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: Because of limited time, I was not able to use the entire unit. However, I used two of the lessons and in the future would use all of the unit. It was adapted to use in an 8th grade classroom of mixed ability students

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  To teach sequencing.
  To practice note taking.
  To examine the difference between genres (fiction, non-fiction and tall tale) .
  To discuss and identify the idea of unconditional love.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: The students were required to type their responses. They also had to research different genres that related to the unit.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: I used the unit requirements.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: I have been teaching for 11 years, mostly in 7th and 8th grade. I love teaching middle school students because of the challenge that it continually requires.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: I would suggest that they start using this unit at the beginning of the year. It does cover many of the requirements for the ELA exam. It also allows students to think and relate the books to their adolescent development.

We did not have enough time to complete the entire unit and I know the students would have enjoyed completing this unit. I will use it at the beginning of next year.

Samples of Student Projects

  To write a summary of the book, Love You Forever, using the notes that they took during the reading.
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  Use of the graphic organizers used for the book (KWL)
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  Use of the graphic organizer for the book (historical timeline)
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