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Say Mean Matter for Non-ELA classes

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Tonya Brady

on 7 October 2015

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Transcript of Say Mean Matter for Non-ELA classes

Mean
INTERPRET the data, quote, details, examples, etc.
Matter
CONNECT to larger ideas, prior knowledge, personal opinions, etc.
For Example:
SAY
GATHER OR CITE the evidence, data, examples, quotes, etc.
What does the text say?
What does it mean?
Why does it matter?
Teacher-Directed with Primary Source
“Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.”—Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Say—Copy down the quote and the author.
Mean—What does the quote mean?
Matter—Why does this quote matter?

Textbook Directed
“Napoleon Bonaparte was quite a short man—just five feet three inches tall. However, he cast a long shadow over the history of modern times.”

Say—What does the textbook say?
Mean—What does the quote mean?
Matter—Why does this matter?

Student Directed
Find five key sentences in the text.

Say—Copy down the sentences.
Mean— What do those sentences mean?
Matter—Why did you pick this sentence? Why is it important?

Vocabulary Terms
Federalism
Mitochondria
Prepositional Phrase
Pythagorean Theorem

Say—Define the term
Mean—Paraphrase the definition into student friendly language.
Matter—Why does this matter?
Why is this event or idea important in the history of the world/United States?
Why do you need to learn this concept?

"Visual" Texts
Show—Literal description of what the political cartoonist, artist, or filmmaker is depicting or what is happening during the science experiment

Mean—What is the meaning of what we see?
Matter—What is the significance of that?

Putting a form to it...
...An Even Bigger Frame
The Essay!!
My students need to get beyond the surface...now what?
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