How can I write my own powerful questions? Is it possible for students to create their own powerful, higher order thinking questions? How can we capitalize on this quality, in-depth thinking to create assessment opportunities?Created by Val Baron (EJELS) and Terra Kaliszuk (AISI Instructional Coach)
Adapted version of Costa’s 3 Levels of Questioning to create their own HOTS questions!
- Teacher Outline (brief lesson progression & selected implementation suggestions)
- Student Question Creation Handout (exemplar question & 3 Level Questioning resource)
The Writing Fix
The Writing Fix is a resource for quality lessons designed to motivate reluctant writers. Many lessons include student exemplars.
"BIRT"-You can debate like a PRO! This unit provides resources to students and teachers that introduce and practice components of debate- from listening cues and note-taking to how to research and prepare your speeches. It culminates with topics for a series of real debates.
Discussion Skills - This teaching unit includes resources for setting a discussion-conducive classroom climate, discussion skill lessons, as well as discussion structures for classroom discussion activities.
Why should I care about poetry, anyway? Students will investigate the connections between poetry and other text forms, as well as explore real-world applications of poetry beyond traditional poetry readings.
English Gladiators Students create higher order thinking/critical questions and their best answer and then swap them with another student. They then assess the depth of the question as it relates to HOTS and answer it. When the questions and answers are compared, points are awarded and the most points is crowned the Gladiator Champion. by Adrienne Donnelly, Calmar Secondary with AISI support.
Kelly Gallagher Writing Strategies This document contains strategies based on Gallagher's Teaching Adolescent Writers book. Included is the rationale behind his method,as well as immediate-use activities for teachers.
Men of Stone This novel study integrates Language Art and Social Studies. There are a variety of activities that support both curricula.
The Outsiders Write a newspaper article about an event from the novel.
The Giver - create a book report using digital story telling where students will analyze the sequence of the plot and find images that represent significant events.
The Sacred Rac Grade 9 students will read "The Sacred Rac" by Pat Hughes and write a similar type of short story using a documentary style.
General Macias Grade 9 at ESBCHS examine symbolism and allusion in a play by Josephina Niggli
Save the Moon for Kerdy Dickus Grade 9 at ESBCHS examine symbolism and allusion in a short story by Tim Wynne-Jones
Short Story Unit This fully animated, interactive unit begins by teaching the elements of a short story and then providing a breakdown of three popular short stories. (Calgary Academy Login)
Compound Sentences This fully animated, interactive unit begins by teaching the correct and incorrect uses of compound sentences. (Calgary Academy Login)