Structured notes are really helpful when students are faced with interpreting complex text structures. The notes give students a reading guide to use as they navigate through difficult text and act as a model of how they should organize their ideas as they are reading. Initially teachers create the graphic organizers, but as students become more comfortable with using structured notes they are able to construct their own.
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Watch as 11th grade history teacher Johanna. Heppeler sets the stage for an ambitious multi-day unit examining four key documents from President Lincoln: his first inaugural address, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the second inaugural address. She helps students draw inferences from Civil War-era photos, cartoons and maps as well as the primary texts.
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A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. A critical aspect of WebQuest design is finding high quality resources on the Internet.
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A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford University identifies three important components to successfully using technology with at-risk students: (1) interactive learning; (2) use of technology to explore and create rather than to "drill and kill;" and (3) the right blend of teachers and technology.
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