The other day in my teaching certification class we had a reading specialist speak with us. It was fascinating and by far the most interesting day. The speaker shared some interesting facts, such as Texas uses third grade reading scores to determine the future number of prison cells needed. I find this fact absolutely chilling. Why third? Why not wait till high school at least? How accurate is this?
Bloom’s Taxonomy seems to be continually reappearing in all the teaching books, classes and online coursework required. The highest level is creating, when you truly understand and comprehend a lesson, you can show that understanding by creating something new. In class we were asked to read an excerpt from a textbook on the Boston Massacre and create a story line using ABC, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie or Brown Bear as the guiding text. Julie (my new class friend and groupmate) and I’s creation is below. We were incredibly proud and volunteered to read it before the class. I realize not everyone will find this as entertaining as I do, but I like it. Enjoy.
The Boston Massacre
Parliament, Parliament, what do you see?
I see angry colonists looking at me.
Angry, colonists, angry colonists, what do you see?
I see Lobsterbacks pointing guns at me.
Lobsterbacks, Lobsterbacks, what do you see?
I see Bostonians bolder than me.
Bostonians, Bostonians, what do you see?
I‚Äôm part of an angry mob throwing rocks at thee.
Angry mob, angry mob, what do you see?
I see bullets flying at me.
Bullets, bullets what do you see?
I landed in Crispus Attucks, you see.
Crispus Attucks, Crispus Attucks, what do you see?
I see I‚Äôm the first to die, but more there will be.
Others who perished, others who perished, what do you see?
I see an opportunity for Sam Adams to publicize me.
Sam Adams, Sam Adams, what do you see?
I see a cousin who has betrayed me.
John Adams, John Adams, what do you see?
I see a fair trial for these.
Redcoats, Redcoats, what do you see?
I see not guilty verdicts standing before me.
Verdicts, Verdicts, what do you see?
I see public opinion change before me.
The public, the public, what do you see?
I see a war coming, its going to be Revolutionary.