Educator Resources

VIDEO RECORDINGS OF WORD GENERATION LESSONS

These teachers invited SERP into their classrooms to record them teach Word Generation.

FOURTH GRADE

HIGHLIGHTS

Preparation

Listen to how a group Boston fourth graders are allowed to formulate their positions on school uniforms prior to debating the issue.

Fourth grade teacher Monique Conaway decided to have her students formulate their positions in writing prior to their discussion and debate on the issue of school uniforms.

Progress

Compare how a group of Boston seventh grade students debate early in the school year, and then a few months later after Word Generation lessons.

Perspectives

Watch how a fourth grade teacher Beverly Brembt in the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District (MA), helps her students think through the various perspectives within a Word Generation unit.

Christopher Buttimer

8th Grade English, Cambridge, MA

Launch Passage & Taking a Stand Essay

Word Generation Weekly

Topic: Wiretapping

Sophia Hibbs

8th Grade English, East Palo Alto, CA

Taking a Stand Essay

Word Generation Weekly

Topic: Children’s Health

Andrew Hayes

8th Grade Science, Boston

Thinking Scientifically

Word Generation Weekly

Topic: Pet Rental

Liz Berges

8th Grade Social Studies, Boston

Debating the Issue

Word Generation Weekly

Topic: Doctor-assisted Suicide

The WordGen TeamDevelopment of Word Generation was led by Catherine Snow (Harvard University) through a SERP collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and other districts in Massachusetts and Maryland. Support for Word Generation was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through grant numbers R305A090555 and R305F100026. The information provided does not represent views of the funders.
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HIGHLIGHTS

Preparation

Listen to how a group Boston fourth graders are allowed to formulate their positions on school uniforms prior to debating the issue.

Fourth grade teacher Monique Conaway decided to have her students formulate their positions in writing prior to their discussion and debate on the issue of school uniforms.

Progress

Compare how a group of Boston seventh grade students debate early in the school year, and then a few months later after Word Generation lessons.

Perspectives

Watch how a fourth grade teacher Beverly Brembt in the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District (MA), helps her students think through the various perspectives within a Word Generation unit.