Engaging Students in Literature - Christine Cziko - UC Berkeley

Anticipation Guides - From Theory to Practice


Two years ago I was invited to join the Carnegie Quest Project. As a teacher educator I would now have available a new kind of text to work with. These websites created by experienced teachers demonstrating their work, offered me an opportunity to show my student teachers what effective classrooms looked like and how effective teachers taught. I decided to work with Marsha Pincus' website around the theme of teaching Shakespeare. I knew that most of my student teachers would teach Shakespeare at some point and I knew from personal experience how difficult students find these texts. After an introduction to both the website and to Marcia's class, my students watched the video sections of her website. When we were finished there was an uncharacteristic silence. I asked for responses. One after another my students told me that they could never do what they saw Marsha doing - that their classes didn't look like Marsha's did and was this some kind of special school.

Well, yes. It was a special school - an honors school in Philadelphia and an honors 11th/12th/ grade class. Although my students were interested in what Marsha was doing - it wasn't because they wanted to try out her strategies but because they wondered what it would be like to teach in a school where students were working at this level.

Yvonne Hutchison: Discussing a Text

Marcia Pincus: Playing with the Possible; Teaching, Learning and Drama on the Second Stage

Introducing Anticipation Guides 




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