The fourteen students involved in this Information Learning Activity (ILA) are a Year 8 English distance education cohort. To implement the Australian Curriculum, the Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) resource was developed to deliver a comprehensive set of whole-school and classroom planning materials for single level and multi-level classes, students with disability and for students who study through the schools of distance education. The topic is one set by the C2C: Creating Short Stories. So my students are joining me on a safari to seek out information and create short stories as well as choosing or designing illustrations. The instructional design of the ILA is based on the Alberta Inquiry Model with 10 x 70 minute online lessons delivered through Collaborate.
The students are provided with 2 x 70 minute sessions after lesson 5 to complete their first draft which is submitted online for teacher and peer feedback. From the feedback given, the students revise their draft and complete a final piece for assessment to be completed within a further 3 x 70 minutes sessions after lesson 10. The learning outcomes are outlined below:
The first lesson began the planning phase and students posed questions to be researched, where they would go for answers and they mapped out a plan for possible future lessons. I introduced the thinking skill – ‘examine’ and we examined the set assessment task and the evaluation criteria (Guide to Making Judgements).
Guide to Making Judgements revised by BSDE Year 8 teachers for Unit 7 C2C: Creating Short Stories: Guide to Making Judgements
Branch, J. Odberg, D. (2004). Focus on Inquiry: a teacher’s guide to implementing inquiry-based learning. Alberta Learning Teaching and Resources Branch. Alberta, Canada. Retrieved on 18th August, 2014 from https://education.alberta.ca/media/313361/focusoninquiry.pdf