Monday, April 3, 2017

PEEL Graphic Organizers

Excellence in Education: PEEL Graphic Organizers
In all classes students should analyze and support their analysis with facts and reasoning. The PEEL strategy is a graphic organizer that can be used by itself, as a pre-writing strategy (especially DBQs and other shorter, social studies essays), in preparation for a class discussion/Socratic Seminar,  and more. Simply, it’s a great way to get students started because it helps them determine a main idea and how to find supporting details.

What is PEEL?
PEEL stands for Point-Evidence-Explanation-Link

Point: provide an opening statement for your argument
Evidence: provide evidence (this can be direct quotes, facts, etc.)
Explanation: explain the evidence through purpose and context
Link: a statement that links back to the main point

Here’s a link to a PEEL Graphic Organizer.

Just a Thought: Rubric Design
Most rubrics are scored on a 1-4 scale with 2 of the scores being below mastery. Why should we accept less than the student’s best and failure to show proficiency?

Useful Links:

Portfolio Assistance If you have a student who needs assistance setting up his/her portfolio, click here

Technology / Website Permission Request Form Please use this form to request use of a website that requires student log-in if the site is not already on the approved list. DART approved list

Calendar and Memo Items

Year-end calendar is here.

March 28: Middle School/Rising 9th Grader Visit; No Mustang Morning. Students will complete the School Safety Survey in extended 1st block.
Here’s the link to survey.

March 30: End 3rd Quarter

April 11: Grades due, 9am

April 13: In School Drama Performances

April 21: Pep Rally

April 22: Prom (Interested in chaperoning? Please email Ms. Stott)

Project-Based Learning: The What, Why, and How! -April 3
Virginia Association for the Gifted is excited to offer an introduction to Project-Based Learning: The What, Why, and How at the Lynchburg City Schools' Information Technology Center.  Participants will explore delivery models by engaging in the creative process of developing their own project step by step with collaborative support from instructors and peers. All participants will receive resources for building future units along with a collection of previously developed ideas. Deadline for registration is March 29 and the event is April 3.

61xbYAizKuL._SY346_.jpgFor tonight’s #vachat, we’re joined by Denis Sheeran, author of  Instant Relevance, Using Today’s Experiences to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons

I’d love to have you join us (I think he’ll be giving away a couple of books as prizes).

March 27: Leta Johnson
March 28: Hank Atkins
March 29: Jeannette Stott
March 31: Chris Columbano
April 2: Karen Ye
April 5: Gwen Reynolds

Worth Your Time

Jay McTighe: Beware of the Test Prep Trap


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Evan Raymonds said...

Creating graphic organizers with powerpoint is ok as long as the graphic is structures. For complex and creative ones you will have to use several tools. "Creately" is an online diagramming and collaboration software which supports all graphic organizer charts. Creately studied the importance of these graphic organizers, and designed a number of easy to use graphic organizer templates. They are free to be used and try.