Viewing, Reading, Listening, Note Taking and Writing Skills can be enhanced by using mass media and the resources of Newsday. The N.I.E. Multimedia Program will post a lesson every Tuesday designed to improve E.L.A. skills.
Within every lesson we present to our classes, there is always ONE MAIN IDEA that we want our students to grasp.
I call this THE MAIN THING,
We all learn best in a different way.
Some of us favor visualization.
Others must hear it to understand.
Many need the words in print.
A few of us must write notes or key words to fully grasp meaning.
But underneath all forms of learning styles lies a central concept, one unique set of words encapsulate every story or topic.
This is THE MAIN THING, TMT.
One goal of teaching should be to provide students with the skills they need to become independent learners, capable of finding the TMT on every topic or story.
To get the main thing, certain important words about the topic are needed. Each situation, topic or event comes with a unique set of vocabulary words. Multiple choice quizzes and crossword puzzles can be used to help students get their hands on TMT.
A Multimedia lesson contains the video component and the newspaper article. Watch this video about a new community being built and the answer the multiple choice questions.
Watch the video a second time
...but on this viewing, take notes on the key words being said. Watch the scenes and describe the visuals of the report in as few words as possible. After you have made your list, circle the 5 most critical words or short phrases.
Move on to the WEEK #4 ASSIGNMENT page and practice creating TMT lessons on your own.