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The Lotus Leaf Notebook is a student crafted project oriented assignment that covers all the traditional English Grammar curriculum topics.
(Includes one completely assembled unit for assembly instructional purposes, shipped separately)
The product is a booklet which contains templates which the teacher photocopies and passes out to the students. The templates are graphic organizers of the key words used in concepts. This approach to presentation of the material is called Chunking. Whether the subject is Algebra, Chemistry, or English, whatever, the same technique is used in these project oriented, hands-on classroom assignments.
This means that, year after year, the 24 lessons are available for inclusion with the other instructional methods a teacher may use. The cutting, folding, and review of the material printed on these Graphic Organizers is followed by teacher-student interaction where comments and information can be penciled in appropriately, and high lite liners are used to emphasize important items.
Each of the pages are folded the same way. Each page is a little smaller than the last. This allows the placement of the page into the last page that had been previously completed. At some point, eight of these folded pages are inside one another forming the Lotus Leaf Notebook for High School English Grammar.
Portfolios are recommended in order that the students can keep the materials together between sessions. The portfolios become one of the "testing" Rubrics by which classroom activity can be graded in comparison to the other student portfolios.
Felt tips or colored pencils are useful so that students can personalize their LL Notebook, and add notes and comments in the spaces that pertain to particular concepts.
The traditional English Grammar course of study is paralleled by these 16 pages which can be introduced by the teacher when appropriate.
Each page is a couple of Hands-on lessons, the content of which the teacher must cover and explain as the work is underway.
The activity, however, is a new feature to the instructional methodology.
Usually, it is merely assumed that the students are following the lectures and making notes accordingly.
Using this technique of a Directed Note Taking, this methodology assures that there will be proper attention to the content of each lesson.
This has been accomplished by passing out these uniform notes which merely require students to cut, fold, and color or highlight various parts of the graphic.
An added feature to this format is that the teachers can see that the whole class is "on the same page," literally.
In each lesson there are identical formats to the Graphic Organizers. Included in each booklet are graphic organizers which are blank. These blank pages are useful as a preliminary exercise. Each student initially can be instructed to copy the concepts from the blackboard, in pencil, and in the appropriate blank space on the blank graphic.
The neat, clearly printed Lotus Leaf page that will be passed out after the topic has been thoroughly covered will replace the student's rough copy.
This printed page, after it has been color-coded and personalized, will be added to the other completed pages of the growing Lotus Leaf Notebook.
When this approach is utilized, the teacher has 48 ready-to-go-lessons planned for the term.