The third workshop for the Adolescent Literacy Project was led by Dr. Feldman and I took away so many great ideas that I had to try them out this past week. The strategy that worked the best with my students was paragraph shrinking. They were divided into 4 groups and assigned to read 1 of the 4 readings about Hawaii's history. Alone they identified the topic and listed 3-5 important details. Then they got into groups according to what they read, shared what they wrote and then had to shrink the important details down to a sentence with no more than 15 words. They put this sentence on poster paper and hung them on a wall in the classroom like a timeline.
I am a Social Science instructor at Aurora High School. I am currently teaching College/Honors American History and American History.