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"The aim of education should be to teach us rather HOW to think, than what to think--rather to IMPROVE our minds, so as to ENABLE us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men."  

Bill Beattie
[Emphases Mine]

 

Go beyond reading comprehension and worksheets: analyze and interpret literature at another level of sophistication!  

Starting with four academic disciplinary approaches, Think Like A... 

...integrated with literary skills and tasks from Literature Circles, students can engage with literature in multifaceted ways.  

 

What is "Think Like A Disciplinarian"?

Think Like A Disciplinarian

  • "roles" of the academic disciplines 
  • challenges gifted students to “explore the advanced & sophisticated complex concepts in the disciplines by assuming the role of different disciplinarians.” [Sandra Kaplan, Ed.D., University of Southern California]

 

 
 

THE KEY QUESTION:

What are the factors influencing, contributing to the event, character, setting, and/or author's style?

    • FACTORS
      • social
      • economic
      • political
      • historical 
      • geographic
      • religious


 

THE ROLES:

Using any one of the four roles noted below with the tasks found in Literature Circle ROLES, students will complete an investigation based on a character, setting, event [plot], or the author's style.

 



THE COLLABORATION:

Using any one of the four roles noted below with the tasks found in Literature Circle ROLES, students will complete an investigation based on a character, setting, event [plot], or the author's style. 

  • JIGSAW ACTIVITY [PDF]
  • GALLERY WALK [PDF]
  • DISCUSSION-CONVERSATIONAL ROUNDTABLE [PDF]



WEB RESOURCES:

Online resources available to help in your investigation... 

GENERAL SEARCH

  

LINGUISTICS

  

HISTORY

  

SOCIOLOGY

 

PSYCHOLOGY

 

PHILOSOPHY

 

GEOGRAPHY



 

 

 

 

 

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this:  A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.  To him a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.  Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create--so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him.  He must create, must pour out creation.  By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating."

Pearl Buck
[Emphases Mine] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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