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|1.||Imagine that you are a student who is participating in this lesson. What is your experience? What kind of thinking are you doing? What are you learning?|
|2.||Then think yourself into the role of the teacher who is leading the lesson. What are you doing? Why are you doing it? How are you handling the three phases of the lesson— anticipation, building knowledge, and consolidation?|
The teacher begins with a Structured Overview, in this case a short talk about the topic—just enough to frame the students' thinking about the topic and to raise their curiosity. The talk goes like this:
Teacher:Today we will be talking about the problems of protecting endangered species. We will focus on elephants, and consider efforts to save them from dying out. We will also look at the question a different way: We will think about problems that are caused by conservation.
Some elephants live in Asia, but the most plentiful and largest elephants live in Africa, mostly in the eastern countries of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. (The teacher points to these countries on a map). Elephants live on grassy plains and in forests.