Multimodal Text Sets Linking Science and Literacy for All Learners
Math, science, and literacy initiatives are part of a $1.25 million National Institutes of Health grant that University of Missouri professors are using to develop text sets for multidisciplinary middle school lessons.
The line of inquiry in a given set is determined by an anchor text—a rich, complex grade-level text. The number of texts in a set can vary, but all are connected meaningfully to each other to deepen students’ understanding of the anchor text. The texts are strategically sequenced to build vocabulary and knowledge, with the aim of supporting diverse learners in reading high-quality, complex grade-level texts. Three text sets developed through the grant are online and available to science and English language arts teachers at no cost: “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Earth and Human Body Systems,” “Vaping: Not for the Young at Heart.”
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s BioInteractive initiative brings the power of real science stories into high school life science classrooms. The stories anchor a variety of classroom resources based on peer-reviewed science.
Many of us have the tech, but don’t always know how or where it makes sense to use it in the classroom. Edina Public Schools and Logitech discuss simple, school-tested ways to use technology to creatively enhance learning. You’ll come away with creative ways to personalize learning and specific school-tested strategies that you can use immediately. Access the webinar recording here.
Voice of Witness advances human rights by amplifying the voices of people impacted by—and fighting against—injustice. The nonprofit produces a book series that depicts human rights and social justice issues through the edited oral histories of people most closely affected by them.