“…It is not so much about that you can find the facts, but rather where those facts come from!” - Jennifer Harris
As we continued to analyze the pillar of critical response, we conducted video study of Mrs. Harris 8th grade class performing a close read on targeted articles found on www.newsela.com. The main goal was to capture the factual elements of news stories. In this particular case, it was an element of conflict (argument) and then to discern the facts that lead to that argument.
The objective of the task was for students to pair off and select an article and address the following through a critical lens:
1. Identify the 5W, H
2. How did the author get this information?
3. What was the author's opinion?
4. How did the author's purpose impact their (the reader's) opinion on the topic?
What we learned from this activity?
1. With a little probing, our students are able to carry and bring insight into any discussion.
2. We must challenge our students to move beyond the face value of the text but seek a deeper understanding of the facts they are digesting.
3. Our students have strong opinions and insights on topics facing them today.