August 23, 2005

Today was a busy day. Not all classes move at the same pace, but I need to reach certain points at certain times.

Today, we finished discussing the plot outline. In some classes, we were able to discuss the plot outline and apply it to "The Sniper."

One of the things I'll be doing is trying to move this kids to a higher level of thinking, to move them up Bloom's Taxonomy of thinking.

Bloom's Taxonomy (from lowest level of thinking to highest)

Knowledge - Exhibit memory of previously-learned materials by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers

Comprehension - Demonstrate understanding of facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions, and stating main ideas

Analysis - Solve problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way

Application - Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. Make inferences and find evidence to support generalizations

Synthesis - Compile information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions

Evaluation - Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas or quality of work based on a set of criteria

"The Sniper" takes place during the Irish Civil War. At the end, the first sniper has killed a second sniper. When he rolls the body over, he "looked into his brother's face." Earlier, I had asked a KNOWLEDGE question, "Who does the sniper discover he has killed?" Then I asked what that meant (COMPREHENSION). Then I asked what figurative meaning the word "brother" could have. What does it mean when you call someone your brother when he isn't literally your brother? That's what took them to a higher level of thinking.

Some of the classes didn't get that far.

I will be out on Thursday attending a conference on the abuse of prescription drugs. That means that what we do on Wednesday must lead to a fairly independent or easy-for-the-sub assignment.

I'll keep you updated.


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