|Research Says That
People Learn Best:
|I. With and from others (learning is
A. Topic Talking: To develop oral
language facility students talk to partners from
their own experience with a topic. Over a period
of time, increase the amount of time and the size
of the group.
Example: Three topics to introduce Horton
Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss: elephants, a
circus, being responsible.
B. Before sharing the story, give
students these open ended sentences. Children can
choose one to complete orally or in writing.
Upper primary students can be asked to finish the
sentence and write two more sentences on the
1. Going to a circus would be.......
2. Keeping a promise is important because......
3. When winter comes the animals in the
4. To be lazy means.......... ____________
|III. When we stress MEANING
Summary: Mazie was a lazy bird who did not like
sitting on eggs. It was boring and she wanted to
take off and see the world, so she asked Horton,
the elephant to sit on the egg while she took a
vacation. Horton sits through the fall, through
the icy cold of winter and into the spring. Then
hunters capture the elephant and take him to a
circus ... tree, egg and all. Poor Horton, he
doesn't like being a captive, but being
"faithful 100%", he will not leave the
egg. Then, just as the egg is about to hatch,
Mazie returns and wants to claim it.
|IV. When the learner is ACTIVELY
Have a debate with half the class giving reasons
why Mazie should get the egg and the other half
giving reasons why Horton should get the egg.
The student produces a response to literature
Interpretative: Why do you think Horton stayed on
Analytic: How is this story like the story of
Beauty and the Beast?
Evaluative: What might be a better title for this
Reflective: What other book character needs to
read this story?
The student extends ideas and makes
connections to related topics. By using the
writing patterns that follow, the student can
compare any two characters in any stories. He or
she can extend the second pattern to show change
in non living as well as living things.
If I had the faithfulness of Horton
I would sit on an egg for a year
And I'd always keep my promises
no matter how difficult the task,
But I wouldn't fly away and take a vacation when
there's work to be done
For Mazie the lazy bird does that
Writing Pattern: Primary Grades
Read: An Egg Is An Egg by Nicki Weiss, (Putnam,
A ____________________ is a