This month's protocol focuses on the need for students to stop skimming and start understanding! This is just one way to use the method, but there are others out on the Internet! Look for "Fact Pyramid."
READ, EVALUATE, RANK, & REASON (Reading, Writing, Discussion, Feedback)
Description: Based on the “Fact Pyramid” activity, this protocol provides students with the opportunity to be accountable for their efforts by going beyond skimming text. Once students get acquainted with the method, it can be inserted into online, in-class, and homework assignments easily. See below for addendum.
Application: Use in any subject that includes textbook readings, short stories, articles, primary source material, close reading, and fiction/nonfiction. With some modification, this method can be used to evaluate graphics and short videos.
Process: Model method numerous times before students use it individually. Pre-select the reading material to be evaluated. In class, assign reading and tell students to highlight information they think is important. Hand-out graphic organizer (Addendum NNN). Instruct students to fill-in pyramid by rank ordering the top four bits of information from most (1) to least important (4). In the corresponding boxes, tell students to explain why they selected the rankings. Once completed, allow time for class talk, guiding, confirming, and clarifying points. To extend the learning, ask students to create an exit ticket summarizing the reading in one paragraph.
Resources and for more information:
Wiebe, G. (2012) “Fact Pyramid/Because Box” https://www.doingsocialstudies.com
Alison Thetford, M.Ed