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Concept Circles & Academic Language

Assignment 2.1: Strategy Presentation for EDUC 505

Andie L.

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of Concept Circles & Academic Language

Why use concept circles? Concept circles can be used to draw connections between vocabulary words and the essential understandings of a text Learning Theory Overview Learning Objective:
Students will understand the purposes and uses of concept circle strategies in order to help our own students form meaningful connections between their vocabulary knowledge and higher levels of reading comprehension. Examples Academic Language A strong correlation exists between high levels of vocabulary knowledge and advanced reading comprehension skills (VV&M, 2011). Conclusion How can you apply a concept circle strategy to your own classroom instruction?
What are some examples of texts you have used or can think of using?
Strengths & weaknesses Andie Lichtman & Kristina Zambrano Concept Circles & Academic Language Learning Theory More meaningful learning occurs when they develop it through hands on experience.
Group setting offers varied perspectives
Learners construct their own meaning make
connections improve vocabulary increase
comprehension visualize
texts Theory Application Offer scaffolding
Explain lesson plan up front
Clarify purpose & application in classroom
Modeling & practice run
Work through problems together and discuss results Concept Circle Creating concept circles involve putting words or phrases in the four part sections of a circle and ask students to explore and describe the interconnectedness/ relationship(s) among the four quadrants. Relate Connect Anticipate Vocabulary Difficult texts and can be used at all reading levels and abilities--It is essential that students acquire context analysis and dictionary skills in order to make meaning of unknown words in a text.

Help students anticipate important unknown words and concepts in the text

Improved vocabulary knowledge improves overall reading comprehension Shampoo
Bottle Bach Ticket
Stub ? Lake River Mountain Ocean Devastation Mishandling United States Natural Disaster Prior Knowledge High levels
of vocabulary knowledge Advanced reading comprehension skills Development
of academic language Let's try it
together Pluto's
Discovery Three Conditions for Planethood Pluto's
Features Pluto Can't
Be a
Because... Take out a sheet of paper and draw this: I know that! I'm familiar No idea Instructions: 1. Read as much of this Pluto article as you can in 2 minutes:
2. As you read, pay attention to words that you think are key vocabulary words.
3. When you come across a key word, write it next to the topic it fits into in your concept circle.
4. If you know the word well, write it in green
5. If you're familiar with the word, but can't define it, write it in orange/yellow
6. If you're completely unfamiliar with the word, write it in red Questions? Social Constructivist Theory Visualize "BEFORE / AFTER" BY MARY MCCLUSKY

In an instant, a life can divide into Before and After. A phone call, a news flash can do it. Invariably, something remains as a reminder. For Joseph, a colleague at Chloe's office, it is Bach playing on the stereo before the screech of brakes, the crunch of metal, an ambulance, the hospital.

"I hear Bach now and think: oh, yes, I used to love that. Before. In my other life."

For Chloe's sister, Anna, it is a body shampoo. She told Chloe how the shower was hot and steam clouded the glass. She stood in the warm fog, then sniffed the fresh, pine scent of the new Badedas body shampoo. That clean scent of mountains and good health. Just seconds later, her fingers, tentative, pressed back and forth, smoothing the skin as her brain bristled indignantly. It can't be! But it is, yes, it is. I think it is. A lump.

And after – doctors visits, surgery, chemo, hair loss, pain.

Chloe will be reminded of these conversations in four minutes. Right now she chooses a pretty china cup, Staffordshire, patterned with red roses. She pokes the tea bag with a spoon while she pours in the boiling water and then decides to start the laundry while the tea steeps. Dan's shirts are already loaded in the washer but she pulls them out anyway, to shake them. She is nervous that a stray ballpoint might lie forgotten in a pocket, leave a Caspian Sea of navy ink never to be bleached away. As she shakes the shirt, something flies out, floats up like confetti to land on the lid of the dryer. She studies, frowning, a pair of ticket stubs for a New York City theatre.

She is puzzled at first. Then remembers, of course, the business conference in New York City. Seven days had stretched to ten; Dan had been exhausted when he came home, complaining about the demands of clients, the tedious conversation of his colleagues. Chloe studies these tickets with a sense of unreality, as if she is watching herself on a movie set, frowning for the camera. But her mind is seething with questions. Dan had not told her of this theatre visit. Off-Broadway does not seem appropriate, somehow. Hedda Gabler is an odd choice for an evening with a client. Or a colleague.

With cold clarity, Chloe sees that these stubs will lead to questions that she does not want to ask, but must ask. That will lead to answers she does not want to hear. Later, a Decree Absolute, loneliness.

Chloe knows as she stirs her tea, stirs what is now gungy, tarry soup, that she is already in the after. She throws the tea away, gets a fresh teabag, starts over. The tea, though freshly brewed, still tastes thick and stale.

She understands now, that she has moved in space, slid towards some other life. She has crossed that invisible but solid line. Lipton's Orange Pekoe has joined Bach's St. Matthew's Passion and Badedas with Original Scent, to be forever in the before. And there is no going back.
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