As I read about Jadav Molai Payeng and his work in India planting trees http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/0616/This-tribesman-planted-a-forest-in-India-that-s-bigger-than-Central-Park I thought about the other tree stories I have shared and a few new ones I am just learning about. We could learn and teach a lot of our world through the tree stories of Wangari Matthai. Kate Sessions, Anne Frank and The Little Bonsai from Hiroshima. If you have other book suggestions let me know!
I will present the Talk About It/ I Spy Workshop on March 31st at Thomas College
Using the original Talking Walls illustrations Margy will demonstrate a Talk About It/I Spy Scavenger Hunt that is not only a great classroom and Family Literacy activity, but can be easily replicated with other visuals, illustrations, family photos or student art.
Margy will take the participants on the I Spy Scavenger Hunt so they can practice how to create and incorporate listening, conversation and questions strategies that supports comprehension and close reading.
Thanks to the teachers who attended my workshop at the Maine Middle School Conference. Here is the article on visual thinking strategies. You can contact me at :firstname.lastname@example.org
Visual Thinking Strategies Ch 2
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Margy Burns Knight-Unpacking Complex Social Studies Text via Talking Walls Discover Your World
Audience: grades k-8
Wander into an ancient walled city, visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, and view the Great Wall of China. Author and teacher Margy Burns Knight will introduce the content of Talking Walls Discover Your World through the lens of five texts: visual, informational, compendium, paired and digital. Teachers will then learn how to unpack the complex text in Talking Walls. They will not only add this strategy to their tool kit, but also understand how this instructional strategy supports and expands the key elements of close reading : key ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas and range of reading in their social studies units. With practice this strategy will become habit and help students when they describe, evaluate, compare and analyze social studies text.
There are so many ways to study, read and enjoy Talking Walls. I have complied a list of themes and think it would fun for teachers and students to find the walls that align with the themes. What walls are man-made? How may talk about architects? How many hats are in the book? What stories do the hats tell?
Let me know if you have another theme to add to my list!
- Natural Walls
- Man-made walls
- World Heritage sites
- decorated walls
- memorial walls
Thanks to all the teachers who have attended my UNPACKING COMPLEX TEXT workshop this year.
Workshop: Unpacking Complex Text!
Wander into an ancient walled city, visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, and view the Great Wall of China. Author and teacher Margy Burns Knight will introduce the content of Talking Walls Discover Your World through the lens of five texts: visual, informational, compendium, paired and digital. Teachers will then learn how to unpack complex text from Talking Walls. They will not only add this strategy to their tool kit, but also understand how this instructional strategy supports and expands the key elements of close reading.
This is what Robin Fleck says about my workshop!
The workshop “Talking Walls Unpacking Complex Text” has the capacity to engage educators of all grades and levels of ability through Margy’s dynamic presentation of using a simple strategy combined with text to introduce, develop, and analyze new vocabulary and comprehension skills. Her presentation broadens the understanding of how to demystify complex text for learners of all ages. Margy provides examples of how to apply the strategy of unpacking the complex text in conjunction with her book, Talking Walls Discover Your World. Educators learn how to choose themes across the content areas and apply the Common Core Standards. Margy’s passion for learning and teaching, along with her ability to break down learning into comprehensible units motivates her workshop attendees. Teachers are anxious to return to their classrooms and try out what they have learned with their students.