Gnomes Read, Write, and Think

"Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron, bent double with his head in a peony bush, "like fat little Santa Clauses with fishing rods…” -JK Rowling

The Lens of History: first steps

We’ve spent the last several (8+) days covering social studies content necessary to begin our ambitious unit of study, “The Lens of History.”

To begin our writing, we will be flashdrafting “all we know” about the time period we are studying:

Encounter, Colonization, and Devastation (1492 – 1763)

It may feel strange to flashdraft before doing individual research. Here’s what Teachers College has to say about that:

“Although it may seem strange for students to write before they research, in fact, in the real world, it actually is common for researchers to write a flash-draft very early on in a research project so that right away, they crystallize their ideas into a hypothesis of sorts, which they then set out to test, alter, or replace. By writing a flash-draft, students are put into an active, meaning-making, constructive position, and their subsequent stance toward research is much more proactive.” (p. 2)


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