T.S. Spivet gives perspective

T.S. Spivet gives perspective

Companion Questions

The *.pdf document contains an introduction, map link and questions for all the chapters.  They were  created originally for a bright 6th grader.

My friend, Ninja, and I set out on an epic journey of our own this past academic year.  As part of our adventure, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include T.S. Spivet’s adventure.  I looked high and low for lesson plans or activities (Why reinvent the wheel?!) but did not find it.

I created a set of Companion Questions to accompany an academic exploration of Reif Larsen’s The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.

I’m sharing them here and hope that you and your students pack your bag and go exploring!

 

Story Maps #3: Using Esri’s Story Maps to Address Common Core Reading Standards

Story Maps #3: Using Esri’s Story Maps to Address Common Core Reading Standards

Story Map Index for the 10 Common Core Reading Standards

Story Map Index for the 10 Common Core Reading Standards

Reading and thinking are skills that we expect students to master and hone throughout their education careers and beyond.  Good readers and thinkers are lifelong learners. As a former English teacher, I appreciate the pressure on educators tied to testing and standards alignment. I have been on the front lines with my students.  As a curriculum writer, I realize we must utilize a myriad of tools to garner the most student engagement as well as content uptake.  I love the versatility of GIS with any subject.  How interesting that a tool which displays points, lines and polygons (boundaries) does such a beautiful job with helping curricular content boundaries dissolve!

Esri has a wonderful set of pre-designed Story Maps (http://storymaps.esri.com).  One day while admiring them, I discovered some excellent ties to what’s being called the “rigor of common core.” I don’t think the rigor of reading and writing class has dramatically changed; however, the emphasis on purposefully utilizing a variety of reading content has certainly made the education headlines and has many curriculum departments giving their practices and methodologies a second look.

I submit that you can use several of these story maps and the accompanying analysis to suit the Common Core Reading Standards quite nicely (and those writing standards too).  I even created some sample activities for you to show how I would use these strategies in my own classroom. Explore the Common Core with a new perspective! http://www.barbareeduke.com/commoncore