Each news video has a set of lesson plans for social studies and language arts, and sometimes science. Whether a new teacher or veteran educator you will find these lessons valuable for integrating the.News videos into the classroom. They are aligned to standards, concept-based practices, 21st Century skills and vocabulary that is also tied to Larry Bell's "The 12 Powerful Words." Lessons can be taught independently or combined to create interdisciplinary units of study. They provide teachers with background knowledge, timelines, assessment rubrics, primary reference resources, and step-by-step guiding instructions for teaching the content. Lesson plans also include references to general topics to correlate content with core curriculum. Adaptations for middle and high school are outlined and can be easily converted into differentiated instruction for students. Each lesson is designed to fit teacher's instructional needs and can be used in total or in parts.
Each video has a time-coded transcript to assist in isolating specific segments and to augment the instruction of media literacy and multimedia production.
Use "thought starter" questions from bellwork to homework for individualized or group activities. Three questions, along with the transcript, are located in the space below each news segment in the video player on the.News home page. Answers to these questions are found in the "Dear Educator" letter which is part of each lesson plan pdf.
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Inspired by her book, "Stirring the Head, Heart, and Soul: Redefining Curriculum, Instruction, and Concept-Based Learning" (Corwin Press) H. Lynn Erickson has outlined a curriculum design " where students move beyond factual learning to a level of understanding where knowledge transfers readily to new situations and thinking becomes integrated." Like many districts around the country OPS has incorporated concept-based curriculum using themes identified for each quarter. This power point presentation pdf, produced and presented at a the.News/OPS PD session by Shelley Erikson, OPS ELA Supervisor, demonstrates how the.News can be integrated into this curriculum method to facilitate strong interdisciplinary units.
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"12 Powerful Words That Increase Test Scores and Help Close the Achievement Gap: A Resource for Parents and Educators" (firstname.lastname@example.org;www.larry-bell.com) by Larry I.Bell helps students increase test scores by understanding key words used in the formulation of many standardized test questions. the.News videos (highlighted in the transcripts), "thought starter questions," and lesson plans utilize some of these key words in this pdf document.
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