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Cummins' Quadrant

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Kayla Grosso

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Cummins' Quadrant
Lesson Plans for multiple level learners
What is Cummins's Quadrant?
A tool that helps teachers go about teaching a student based on where they are in terms of language acquisition and understanding
Consists of 4 quadrants
Kayla Grosso
MLE 301: Second Language Acquisition in Context
Cummins' Quadrant assignment
Due: October 22, 2014
Quadrant D/4
Quadrant C/3
Quadrant A/1
Quadrant B/2
Highest level of the four quadrants
Skills for students are COGNITIVELY DEMANDING & CONTEXT REDUCED
Lesson Plan - Third Grade:
1) In class read aloud
2) Students will write one paragraph on their favorite character from the class read aloud
3) Task: Students must write what their character would do if they had to go a "day in the life of" that student's routine or a specific activity that the student does.
A day in the Life of . . .
This activity would be useful for students in quadrant 4/D because it puts both of the contexts from this quadrant together. It pulls from the cognitively demanding element because students are asked to produce their own written words based on their own opinions. Students are also challenged to think about how the character acts in the read aloud. This also draws upon the context reduced element because it challenges students to draw upon knowledge other than the class read aloud, such as the different activities that they take part on a specific day.
why it fits
Second highest - intermediate level of thinking on quadrant
Skills for students are COGNITIVELY DEMANDING & CONTEXT EMBEDDED
Lesson Plan - Third Grade:
why it fits
character sketch
1) In class read aloud
2) Students will write one paragraph on their favorite character from read aloud
3) Task: Students must describe the different character traits of the character that they chose
Beginner Level of quadrant
Skills for students are CONTEXT EMBEDDED & COGNITIVELY UNDEMANDING
Lesson Plan - Third Grade:
why it fits
1) In class read aloud
3) Task: students will write in character traits under each given character according to the word bank
2) students will be given a picture of a character and a word bank of that character's descriptive character traits
character trait diagram
Lowest Level - not helpful for student's learning
Small amount of skill is required - COGNITIVELY UNDEMANDING & CONTEXT REDUCED
Lesson Plan - Third Grade:
why it fits
This activity would be useful for students in quadrant B/2 because this activity draws on both areas found in this quadrant. This quadrant states that in order for students to be challenged and learn their work must be cognitively demanding and context embedded. This lesson is cognitively demanding because it requires students to think back and write based on their previous knowledge, however this is still challenging because it allows students to create and compose their own work independently. This activity is also context embedded because it requires students to pull character traits from the in class read aloud. By using the context of character traits described in the read aloud students can be guided from the context, however still pushed towards composing their own written work.
Thank you!
This activity will be helpful for learners in quadrant A/1 because it includes the elements found in that quadrant. Learners in this quadrant must have material that is context embedded and cognitively undemanding in order for them to be challenged the correct amount. This activity is helpful because it directly incorporates context from the read aloud. This will allow students to make connections between the words given in the word bank and to which character those traits belong to. However it is cognitively undemanding because they are simply copying the words (located in the word bank next to the character) and writing them in the instructed place on the picture of the character.
Coloring Activity
1) In class read aloud
2) Provide students with paper, coloring books, & coloring materials
3) Instruct children to color or draw after the read aloud is done
This activity fits in quadrant C/3 because it also pulls from both elements that are found in this quadrant. These two elements are that the quadrant must include work that is cognitively undemanding and it must include work that is not related to the context (context reduced). This activity is very simple and is not cognitively demanding since it allows children to simply color and/or draw with no specific instructions as to what they are supposed to draw. Also this quadrant is not related into the context of the read aloud or even connected back to it, therefore it is also context reduced. This quadrant is often one that teachers want to stay away from using as much as possible since it does not challenge or teach the learner in any way. More often than not, this quadrant usually results in busy work for the student.
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