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SCROLL DOWN to see this 10 week series of lessons celebrating diversity, written for English students in Years 5-9. It is built on programming outcomes from the NSW English Syllabus: 2014. It integrates the higher order, creative use of Web 2.0 tools & iPad apps. It utilises selected picture books from the International Children's Digital Library at http://en.childrenslibrary.org to encourage multimodal responses from our diverse learners. Some books have been removed from the website - but the titles CAN still be purchased from Amazon. It has an associated blog with a wide range of differentiated tasks at http://super6plus.edublogs.org. The big idea underlying the lessons is that together we are stronger, diversity enriches us all and that WELCOME is a wonderful word. There are many more reading, writing and Web 2.0 tasks on the net than you could ever do - so select your favourites from the range of tasks on offer here. Going back home - the inferring task can be done using the song Grandma's hands.
Assessment for learning: Click here to see general scaffolds & learning journal guides for book reviews, suitable Web 2.0 tools, cultural research, autobiographical writing and opinion pieces. These can be used when responding to any of the selected picture books. As a guide, choose 5 picture books to explore - some students may be keen to read more. Here is a summary grid, showing what students need to do.
Final task: Take a look at the 'Create an ebook' assessment task, the marking rubric, checklist for success and task planner. Take a look at the lessons and student worksheets.
With thanks to the project teachers: Julie Lewis, Todd Brownlow, Sarah Hamad and Jenny Shlemon.