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The unit is designed for the developmental level student. Emphasis is placed on the student rather than the teacher in a response-centered method where students work primarily in small groups. The teacher circulates and acts as a facilitator and resource expert along with classroom aides and volunteers. Much one-on-one attention is given to students to maximize remediation of reading and writing problems.
The unit contains a chart which gives the reader a quick overview of the unit schedule and the core activities in the average week. The sequence of the three core activities are as follows:
This progression of activities is repeated through the first four weeks of the first marking period. A two-week break follows for mid-marking-period evaluation conferences and individual remediation with students. During the last two weeks, students construct a “values coat-of-arms shield” where they artistically represent personally relevant values which they have investigated throughout the marking period.
- 1. two days of value exercises, discussion, and journal writing
- 2. two days of guided reading, paragraph composition or poetry writing, and peer and teacher evaluation of writing process skills; and
- 3. one day of oral readings, summary discussion, and additional sources of values information.
(Recommended for Developmental English 1 classes and Basic English 1 classes, grades 9-10)
Basic Skills Writing Instruction