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Florida: A Paradise for the Written Word

Cynthia Youngblood
Santa Rosa District Schools

Description

Using the pamphlet, FLORIDA LITERARY HISTORY, students read the article -Paradise for the Written Word: 400 Years of Literary History in Florida- by Kevin McCarthy and then answer FCAT-like questions to assess comprehension of the reading material.

Objectives

The student uses a variety of strategies to analyze words and text, draw conclusions, use context and word structure clues, and recognize organizational patterns.

The student determines the main idea or essential message in a text and identifies relevant details and facts and patterns of organization.

The student uses a variety of reference materials, including indexes, magazines, newspapers, and journals, and tools, including card catalogs and computer catalogs, to gather information for research topics.

The student checks the validity and accuracy of information obtained from research, in such ways as differentiating fact and opinion, identifying strong vs. weak arguments, recognizing that personal values influence the conclusions an author draws.

Materials

- Pamphlet: FLORIDA LITERARY MAP, edited by Jean D. Trebbi, 1994, Florida Center for the Book, Broward County Main Library, 100 South Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301 (Contact Florida Humanities Council to receive copies of this pamphlet: Florida Humanities Council, 1725 ˝ East Seventh Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33605, (813)272-3473 )
- Student response sheet for questions on pamphlet (See attached files.)
- FCAT Scoring Rubrics for short answer and long answer responses

Preparations

1. Obtain classroom copies of the pamphlet FLORIDA LITERARY MAP (See materials list.)
2. Read and study pamphlet.
3. Devise student response sheet that gives students practice answering questions on the FCAT or the teacher may use the one that is already created. (See attached files.)
4. Research Florida literary history.
5. Obtain copies of Scoring Rubrics from Dept. of Education (http://www.firn.edu/doe/sas/fwaprubr.htm).

Procedures

1. The teacher lectures on the topic that the state of Florida has a literary history of 400 years, and it takes pride in counting among its residents a number of internationally and nationally-recognized writers.

2. The teacher asks students if they recall any names of Florida writers and their works.

3. The teacher distributes the pamphlet, FLORIDA LITERARY MAP.

4. The teacher points out the names of writers in -A Gazetteer of Florida Prize-Winning Authors- within the pamphlet.

5. The teacher instructs students to read the article -Paradise for the Written Word: 400 Years of Literary History in Florida- by Kevin McCarthy and then answer FCAT-like questions to assess comprehension of the reading material.

6. The teacher hands out the student response sheet.

7. The students answer the FCAT- like questions on the student response sheet.

8. Students turn in the response sheet.

9. The teacher evaluates responses.

Assessments

Teacher evaluates student's responses on the Student Response Sheet on -Florida Literary Map- (FCAT Preparation). Teacher uses FCAT Writing Rubric Scale to score short answer and long answer responses. See FL Dept. of Education website to obtain rubric scale.- Also see attached file.

Extensions

1. The student creates a timeline for Florida's Prize-winning Authors.
2. The student draws a map of Florida and writes the authors' names on the place names on the map.
3. The student selects an author and does biographical research.
4. The student selects and reads a Florida writer's literary work and shares to the class.

Web Links

Web supplement for Florida: A Paradise for the Written Word
Florida Humanities


FIRN

Attached Files

Student Response Sheet     File Extension: pdf

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