you are a classroom or preservice teacher, teacher educator,
content leader, department chair, or administrator, the materials
below can assist you in implementing the practices presented
in the video clip.
Master: Response, Analysis, and Reflection
by Kathleen Dudden Rowlands
This overhead presents a way to help students become consciously
aware of the recursive processes of literary envisionment:
personal responses, analysis of their developing envisionments
based on those responses, and reflection (with potential revisions)
on both their responses and their analysis. Included here
with author's permission.
This page offers suggestions for ways to help students ask
questions during literature discussions.
Assessment and Evaluation: Some Useful Principles
The terms assessment and evaluation are often used as synonyms.
Distinguishing between them can be helpful as you plan instruction.
Assessment means looking at what students can do in order
to determine what they need to learn to do next. That is,
assessment, whether of individual students or an entire group,
is done in order to inform instruction. Typically assessment
is holistic, often recorded simply as "credit" or
occurs after a concept or skill has been taught and practiced
and is typically scaled, indicating the level of achievement
or degree of competence a student has attained.
Facts China's "One Child" Policy
Should you choose to follow Ms. Schnabl's lead and contextualize
Among the Hidden with discussion of China's "One
Child" policy, this page offers a brief background on
that policy as well as direction for further Internet research.
Research Activity for China's "One Child" Policy
With Suggestions for Assessment
Should you choose to have your students collect their own
information, this page provides suggestions for offering students
an Internet research activity on this topic as well as a specific
assignment that helps them explore different Internet search
and Assessment Suggestions for "The Quiet World"
Write Your Own Poem
As a further exploration of the theme of government limits
on individual freedoms, Ms. Schnabl asks her students to write
a poem modeled on "The Quiet World." This Teacher
Tool is connected to the student activity sheet, "The
Quiet World" Write Your Own Poem.
Directions for Among
the Hidden and Assessment Suggestions
To help students understand the thoughts and feelings of the
characters in the novel, Ms. Schnabl has them work in groups
to develop and perform a skit based on events in Chapter 4
of Among the Hidden.
Questions for Literature Discussion
by Kathleen Dudden Rowlands
This brief article offers suggestions for ways to frame discussion
questions to stimulate the richest responses from students.
Included here with author's permission.
Ms. Schnabl likes to keep parents informed about classroom
topics and activities and involve them, when possible, in
their children's learning. In this letter, she encourages
them to help her students understand the loneliness of Luke's
seclusion by isolating themselves in their rooms for several
hours during a weekend.
As you plan literature experiences for your students, consider
offering text pairings, so that students have a rich palette
of text background and reading experiences to draw upon in
their literary conversations. Some texts that may complement
the ones used in this lesson plan include:
the Imposters by Margaret Haddix (a sequel)
Out of Time by Margaret Haddix
Ella by Margaret Haddix
Blue by Lois Lowry
Giver by Lois Lowry
by Louis Sachan Frieder
Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
by Sophocles (reasonably priced film versions are readily