Poem A Day:
This one is just for fun- I play it as students walk in (it is clean) and we do not analyze it. It is called “21 questions”. Today is all about INQUIRY.
Today’s objective is: Students will craft questions to answer through research for their “capturing reality” projects.
Today, students will listen to Listen to one piece of original nonfiction- “The Spirit of Inquiry” from Ted Radio Hour. and assess what the creators did well to create an engaging show.(students listen to two sections out of 5)
Students also think about the content covered in the podcast. It was all about asking the right questions. Inquiry is all about you asking your own questions.
I gave them this handout for today’s lesson.
Students apply our lesson today to their “Capturing Reality” projects.
They create at least SIX questions they may be interested in learning the answers to.
Recap/answer any questions.
Poem A Day:
“Eclipse” Pink Floyd. After reading the lyrics, I told students we were starting a new unit today about nonfiction. Then as a class we mocked up a definition of non-fiction. They called out several examples and I wrote them on the board.
Once students understood that we were going to be learning about a new genre, nonfiction, I asked students to define the following two terms in their notebooks:
This obviously opened up a lot of great conversation. Kids love prompts like these that open their minds and challenge them.
I pulled a news report from that morning’s NPR Morning Edition. We listened to the podcast and read the transcript. You can really use any story here that appeals to you or your students.
Then, students worked in pairs to answer these questions.
We came together as a class to discuss our thoughts.
Students were asked to find a nonfiction news article that is no longer than three months old. They were to fill out the same worksheet with their new article. I also warned them that they would do A LOT OF WORK with that one article for the next week, so I told them to choose something interesting and substantial.