Forget the old student information sheet! This 60 minute lesson guides students through an activity designed to slow them down and get them thinking about who they are and what elements have shaped who they are. The culminating activity is a creating classroom frame banner to help you learn more about your students.
Rationale: Students need to become aware of their perspectives before they can consider what they bring to the interpretation of a text. This lesson helps students think about what is hidden inside to help them realize they need to put forth more than just a single story or cursory glance to make meaning.
Bell Ringer: Review quote. What does it mean? Defend, qualify, or refute this argument?
What do you see? View image and track responses. In the debrief, tell students sometime we have to slow down and pay attention. Ask about the bell ringer again.
Progress through the PPT, ending with the frame activity. This takes the place of the traditional student information sheet and gives colorful student work to display from the start of class.
Closure: Debrief what was done and review how all parts are related. Revisit the objective for the lesson. What do they think the goal was for today?
Display: Create the banner and hang it in the classroom for a while.