It has been fascinating to hear my students continue to talk about how authors position them as they read. It is a skill they have internalized.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Lucky Teacher II
In writing, one of the units my class did while I was home with my baby girl was the punctuation unit. In reading, they did a fantastic unit on critical literacy. I have to admit that these two units may be the best language arts instruction that has ever happened in my classroom and I missed it all!
One piece of this unit looked at cereal boxes. The students analyzed cereal boxes to consider how authors position readers. They tried to determine who the audience for each box was and what about the box suggested that. They noticed that bright, splashy colors and games often indicated an audience of kids while weight loss and healthiness often indicated an audience of women.
After much discussion about the boxes, the students worked with a partner to take one box and redesign it for a different audience.