Students work in collaborative groups to identify actions within the biographies that show great heart. Through an analysis of these actions, students discover categories that epitomize great heart: generosity, courage, heroism. In preparation for Focusing Question Task 1, students learn to write focus statements using these characteristics of great heart. Lastly, students support their focus statements with evidence taken from the biographies, thus bringing the lesson full circle to explicitly show the connection between reading and writing.
This example lesson showcases best practices already existent in the unit as well as refinements made in collaboration with the ELSF review team. The lesson is annotated to highlight highly supportive lesson features, including rationale and accompanying Guidelines which provide information on why the features are effective for ELs (and all students). Some of the features highlighted showcase learning opportunities that apprentice ELs into valued academic practices.