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What it Takes to be Great?
Transcript of What it Takes to be Great?
Time for a quick write.
We know greatness
when we see it...
The Language of Research
What makes them great
You will be reading an article by Geoff Colvin called
"What it Takes to Be Great."
In his article Colvin:
discusses new research on greatness
presents his own research
uses research-related terms
Understanding these words will help you improve your understanding of the article.
What it Takes to
We know great when we see it...
On page 3L of your spiral write for 5 minutes about greatness:
By whom were you most impressed in the video clips you watched and why?
List two or three people whom you consider to have achieved greatness in any field:
music, dance, art, sports, science, business, academics, etc.
What do you think made them so good at their field? What may have led to their greatness?
Do you agree with Ashton Kutcher? In what ways do you or do you not agree?
Time for a poll...
authors of study
Copy this Chart:
1. Work with a buddy to fill in the chart.
2. Add in words that seem similar in meaning to the words at the top of each column.
3. At the bottom, list the words that do not seem to be similar to any of the other words.
4. Be ready to share.
Surveying the Text
Read the title of the article...
What does the title of Colvin's article, "What It Takes to Be Great," hint about the essay's topic?
What is the subtitle of the article?
What does it tell you about what the article might say?
What do you know about the author of the article and where it was published?
Do you expect to find the author's ideas believable?
Will it be interesting?
What can you tell about the article by looking at its length, the length of its paragraphs, and the subheadings?
Read the first 3 paragraphs.
Write a summary of what they are about.
Now read the last paragraph.
"But the striking, liberating news is that greatness isn't reserved for a small few who--gifted with natural talent--were born to be great"
Highlight this quote and write what it means in the margin near the quote.
From reading the first few paragraphs, complete the following sentences:
I predict that the article will be about _________.
I predict that the author will argue that greatness ___________.
You've read the first 3 paragraphs and the conclusion.
Now read the rest of the article silently.
As you read, think about the predictions you made before you read the article, and then answer the following questions in your spiral:
Of your original predictions, which were right? Which changed as you read the article?
What was surprising or most interesting to you?
What part of the text or idea would you like to understand better?
Here are more important words to understanding Colvin's artice.
This chart will help you track whether these words are famliar.
Review this list, before you read and note how well you know each word's meaning by marking the appropriate column. ("Before Readng" column)
1. Revisit the Vocabulary Self-Assessment Chart
2. Fill in the During/After Reading columns of the chart.
3. Write a definition for each word.
4. If you are not sure what the word means:
reread the paragraph (use paragraph numbers to find the words)
notice the context of the word (how the word is used, words around it
If you still can not figure it out, use a dictionary.
Considering the structure of the text...
Reread the text with a different highlighter. Mark and label the following:
Where you think the article's introduction ends.
Where Colvin notes the question researches wanted to answer by studying great performers.
Where Colvin shares the researchers' findings/conclusions.
The "elite performers" Colvin includes as evidence.
Where you think the article's conclusion begins
Now exchange your article with someone NEXT to you.
Read their highlights and labels
Talk about what you each chose to mark & why
Compare and contrast your notes
Change your markings based on what you
learned from your partner
Lets the reader
Links the paragraph
with the paragraph
that came before it.
"The first major conclusion is that nobody
is great without work." (paragraph 8)
One Effective Topic Sentence
Why is it effective?
Locate other effective topic sentences.
Explain what makes it effective in your spiral
How does it prepare the the reader for what follows?
How does it help the reader better understand the information or ideas that came before it?
1. It signals what is coming
ahead in the article.
2. It connects with what came before it.
(Going from information about the studies to the findings of the research)
Locate another EFFECTIVE topic sentence.
Write it in your spiral (include paragraph #)
Explain what makes it effective.
How does it prepare the reader for what follows
How does it help the reader better understand the information or ideas that came before?
You will be divided into groups of 3.
Each group will be given a group of questions to answer.
The questions will help you look at the text closely and think more critically about it.
Next, when I say go...
Get into new groups of three: there should be a 1, 2, and a 3 in each group.
Each person will take a turn sharing their "findings" while everyone else in the group listens and takes notes.
When you answer your questions, use the textual evidence sentence starters.
Let's discuss your understanding...
Writing Task - Summary
A summary helps someone who has not read the article to understand its main ideas.
You will be writing a summary on Colvin's article.
To prepare to write your summary, we will:
Brainstorm what major parts and ideas from Colvin's text might be included in a summary of it.
You will be writing a summary of Colvin's article.
(Don't worry, you will be given a summary guide to help you!)
Now let's review a summary guide carefully to:
learn the language used in summary writing
learn the parts of an article to include in a summary
be sure you complete ALL aspects of the assignment.
So what specific things are you being asked to find/provide, according to the summary guide?
Time for prewriting!
Turn in your homework!
Summary Evaluation Form