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LESSON EXAMPLE USING "TEXT BACK ASAP"
With a partner, instruct students to analyze an image of Italian immigrants, contemplating what the individuals’ thoughts would be upon arrival to the United States. Encourage conversations revolving around possible dialogue between one of the individuals and a relative back home in Italy. Give students approximately 3 minutes to discuss.
Next, pass out the TEXT BACK ASAP graphic organizer.
Explain to students that they need to write a dialogue between any of the individuals pictured and a relative back home in Italy.
After students complete the organizer, invite some to share. Try to include one example from each of the individuals in the image, asking students to cite reasons for the dialogue chosen.
Sample student responses for the TEXT BACK ASAP organizer:
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Individual selected: Young boy Relative texting back home to Grandma
Young boy: Hi Grandma. Missing you right now.
Grandma: Me too! Wish I could’ve made the trip with you, but I am too sick.
Young boy: I know. I’m scared to visit this new place. It does not look like home.
Grandma: Don’t be frightened. America holds many opportunities for your parents. You can get a proper education. I will join you as soon as I am well.
Young boy: Ok, thx, Grandma. TTYL. XOXO
*To take this strategy a step further, invite students to compare/contrast two of the individuals’ views based on the dialogues written in class and the video segment. Have students use text based evidence to explain why one individual’s thoughts may differ from another in the family.
*Incorporate the TEXT BACK ASAP strategy when reading a class novel. The strategy can be used as a chapter summary in place of the standard multiple choice quiz or paragraph description. It’s effective because it makes students think critically from the perspective of the characters.
*Use multiple media types! Expository or Narrative text passages, Video Segments, Images, Audio, etc.
*Use people, places, or THINGS! Quick example: Watch a video segment (3 min or so) about forest conservation in Madagascar. Then, use the graphic organizer for students to create a text message thread between Lemurs and Foresters. To take it further, students can be divided into two groups (Lemurs and Foresters), then text to each other from their assigned group's point of view!
Remember, dialogue is a successful method to teach writing/reading /comprehension for both informational and narrative texts. Use it across disciplines for deep analysis and thought provoking conversations.