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Re: '99 lessons

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The Ritters <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 17 Mar 2000 00:24:48 -0800

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Hi Debbie and All:

Thanks for the connection to Lynne Cherry's books. I will check it out for
further reference.

I changed the sixth grade links to involve the extensive map collections on
line. The turning point of the story involves Brian's ability to interpret
his map and to trust the information on the map. One of my favorite parts
of last summer was our visit to the map room with all of the old and
delicate maps. I think the students will enjoy examining some of the ones
online. We'll see what the sixth grade teachers think tomorrow.

I will have an opportunity to repeat these workshops in April. My groups
are small.. 4 or 5 at each grade level with a total of only 42 teachers in
all. We have to start somewhere, however.

It feels so good to have the main portion of the work completed and the
enjoyable part of actually using it now at hand.

Thanks for the extra help, Judy.

Mary

>Hi Judy:
>I love using the Lynne Cherry connections in order to construct context.
>As you
>know, archaeologists teach this process in excavating artifacts...and
>actually Shayne
>Russell has made this explicit in research process...take a look at
>http://www.voicenet.com/~srussell/bigsixdigit.html
>
>Debbie Abilock
>The Nueva School
>http://www.nuevaschool.org
>
>The Ritters wrote:
>
>> Hi Judy
>>
>> I'll piggyback on my partner Gail's note by saying I have finished my
>> lesson and piloted the first section of it today. I'll follow with section
>> 2 and 3 tomorrow and Friday. The fourth grade staff development lesson went
>> very well today. The teachers were excited to learn about the LOC online
>> and to be involved in a lesson using some primary source documents with a
>> literary work and a poetry project. Many of them felt it would work
>> particularly well at the beginning of the next school year. Introducing the
>> different types of primary source documents with personal documents and
>> artifacts seemed to be a hit and a good way for students to learn more
>> about each other as well as how a historian gathers information.
>>
>> The graphics of the Nashua River and a quote from the Conservation
>> documents fit extremely well with Lynne Cherry's "A River Ran Wild".
>> Tomorrow with the fifth grade teachers, I am using the Great Northern
>> Plains Collection with a piece called "The American Family Farm", and with
>> the sixth grade teachers on Friday, we'll match up more river documents and
>> graphics with "The River" by Gary Paulsen.
>>
>> After working as historians to interpret the primary source documents and
>> draw some conclusions, the students read the literary work and create 5W
>> poems that link the documents and the stories. A  sample of the 5W poetry
>> can be seen on my site. You may view my lessons at my web site
>> <http://www.calweb.com/~jmritter/ctc1.htm>. Judy will place it on the LOC
>> site later. We haven't figured out how to load two lessons from one team
>> without displacing each other's work.
>>
>> This last drive to create and present the lesson has had its challenges,
>> but I've thoroughly enjoyed the process and the presentation to the
>> teachers. Hopefully, I'll get some reports back on some of the poetry when
>> I make classroom visitations in the next two months.
>>
>> In late May, my husband and I make our move to Ogden, Utah. It's been an
>> exciting year for me, and I look forward to hearing about the 2000 Fellows
>> and the lessons they create during their time at the Library of Congress.
>>
>> Hope to hear from more of you soon.
>> Mary
>>
>> >"Judith K. Graves" wrote:
>> >
>> >> ---------------------- Information from the mail header
>> >>-----------------------
>> >> Sender:       American Memory Fellows <[log in to unmask]>
>> >> Poster:       "Judith K. Graves" <[log in to unmask]>
>> >> Subject:      '99 lessons
>> >>
>>
>>>>------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>-
>> >>>>
>> >> Hi '99 Fellows,
>> >>
>> >> We're starting to think about getting our website chock full of '99
>> >> Fellows' lessons so our '00 Fellows will have the largest selection
>> >> possible of models to give them inspiration and spur their creativity.  I
>> >> know that y'all are in the throes of trying to field test your
>>lessons with
>> >> your students.  That's a huge task as it is - and I'm here to try to make
>> >> the next step - getting your lesson online - as painless as possible.
>> >>
>> >> Would each team let me know by next week (Feb. 22) how you are doing and
>> >> what kind of help you will need to get your lesson web-ready.  It's
>>not too
>> >> early to think about all of this.  With 25 teams to support, we want
>>to get
>> >> an idea of what we need to do to get these available for the summer.
>> >>
>> >> Remember, we are in a partnership to provide these materials to educators
>> >> via our website.  You need to tell us how we can work together to make
>> >> these lessons available.  I'd be happy to work with you to get it
>>web-ready.
>> >>
>> >> Fantastic web skills were not part of the criteria to become a
>>Fellow, and
>> >> they are not needed to get the lesson online.  We can provide the skills
>> >> and talent to get the lessons through the next phase.  The important
>>thing
>> >> is to have good models that speak to the participants of the institute.
>> >>
>> >> We can work via fax and email to get first a draft online in the test
>> >> region of the LC website in May, then a polished version by June.
>>(If your
>> >> field test takes place during this time, let us know so we can
>>accommodate
>> >> your schedule.)
>> >>
>> >> Hope all is going well with everyone.  I'm starting to get hungry for the
>> >> sight of crocus and cherry blossoms.
>> >> Judy
>> >> -------------------------------------------------------
>> >> Judith K. Graves
>> >> Educational Services
>> >> National Digital Library Program
>> >> Library of Congress
>> >> Washington, D.C.  20540-1320
>> >> [log in to unmask]     (V)202/707-2562   (F) 202/252-3173
>> >> http://learning.loc.gov/learn/
>>
>> _________________________________
>> Mary A. Ritter, TLCG Coach
>> Technology Literacy Challenge Grant
>> Elk Grove Unified School District
>> TLCG OFFICE: Mack Elementary School
>> 4701 Brookfield Drive
>> Sacramento, CA 95823
>> [log in to unmask]
>> [log in to unmask] (home)
>> 916-391-2264 (work)
>> 916-933-1488 (home)
>>
>> >From WagonWheels to CyberSpace: <http://www.calweb.com/~jmritter/>
>> 1999 Library of Congress American Memory Fellow <http://www.loc.gov>
>> NASA Classroom of the Future: 2001 Master Teacher Cadre ,
>><http://www.cotf.edu>
>> Elk Grove Unified School District: <http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us>
>>
>> "Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste
>> the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of each..." Henry David
>>Thoreau

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