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Six Facets of Understanding

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Trish Meegan

on 8 May 2014

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Six Facets of Understanding
6 Facets of Understanding
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
- Leonardo da Vinci
Student can explain: provide thorough, supported, and justifiable accounts of phenomena, facts, and data.
Student can interpret: tell meaningful stories; offer apt translations; provide a revealing historical or personal dimension to ideas and events; make it personal or accessible through images, anecdotes, analogies, and models.

Student can apply: effectively use and adapt what we know in diverse contexts.
Student can have perspective: see and hear points of view through critical eyes and ears; see the big picture.
Student can empathize: find value in what others might find odd, alien, or implausible; perceive sensitively on the basis of prior direct experience.
Student can have self­ knowledge: perceive the personal style, prejudices, projections, and habits of mind that both shape and impede our own understanding; we are aware of what we do not understand and why understanding is so hard.

Activities that EXPLAIN understanding...
Describe the character traits of the character in your novel using evidence from the text.
Create a family tree of the characters in your novel showing the relationship between characters.
Using primary source photographs related to your novel, place the photos with captions on the timeline to show when the events occurred with historical accuracy.

McTighe, J., & Wiggins, G. P. (1999). Understanding by design handbook. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design (Expanded 2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Activities that INTERPRET understanding...
Using the Frayer Model, provide an illustration that shows the meaning of key vocabulary words from the text, a definition, and your association of what the word means.
Using a one-pager model (quotation/explanation - why you selected the quote, illustration/symbol that represents your chapter and explanation of why you selected the symbol, summary of the chapter, question that you had while reading/answer to your question), prepare a presentation for the class explaining the important aspects of your chapter.
Create a visual timeline of your story captioning each picture with important details that explain the story.
Activities that APPLY understanding...
Develop a storyboard for a sequel to your novel to present to a publisher - what would happen next, what would be included in the sequel, provide a rationale to convince the publisher to publish the sequel.
Design a museum display for your novel indicating key elements (text connections, summary, author's bio, question/answer, description of setting & characters) on a tri-fold board. Select 10 artifacts that will accompany your museum display with captions that explain the artifacts and their significance to the text.
Create a musical score to accompany a film version of your novel. Select key scenes in the novel and select music that would underscore the scene. Explain your musical choice and how it fits into the meaning of the text.
Activities that show PERSPECTIVE understanding...
Compare/Contrast your novel/memoir to the historical events of World War 2. What is accurate and what inaccuracies exist?
Write a reflection on how your novel/memoir would differ if told from another character's perspective. How would it be the same or different from the current narrator?
Argue for/against reparations for the characters in your novel/memoir.
Activities that show EMPATHY understanding...
Select a character from your novel/memoir and participate in a role -play panel discussion where your character will be answering questions from reporters at a press conference about your character's experience.
Write a letter to a character of your choice. Explain how their story has impacted you and what you will take away from their narrative.
Select an object/artifact from the museum collection and explain to a partner the importance of this object to your character.
Activities that show SELF-KNOWLEDGE understanding...
Revisit and complete the novel/memoir anticipation guide. How have your views changed/remained the same?
Reflect on your final project (museum display), what is a strength of the presentation, what is something that you would improve and why?
Review your annotations of the text and look for patterns in your questions and reflections. What trends/patterns do you see? What might account for this?
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