We’ve talked about theme-based units in reading, but what about the writing? I think someone asked this is class the other day, too. Beach and O’Brien discuss the interdependency of reading and writing with an emphasis upon doing both with a purpose. I couldn’t agree more.
As we think about strategies for our seminars, I find myself falling back on the age old strategies. I know we can’t get rid of them completely, but I agree that they need to be included in a discovery of something bigger. Since my sequence of instruction was on identity, I was very interested in Beach and O’Brien’s discussion of rereading and revising texts from mulitple perspectives. Instead of labeling point of view, setting, metaphors, etc, teachers can add elements of discovery and adventure if students attempt to change these literary elements. It will probably help engagement also. I plan to use this rewriting strategy for my seminar.