Writers, get ready for your first, global warm-up! This handout starts students off with what appears to be a rather simple question; but as they delve into its intricacies via lens approach, your writers will quickly realize that there's much more to this question than the surface level they started at! And the best part is, they'll feel empowered that the answer is right in the palm of their hand 😉
PowerPoint: The 'Hand' Approach
Teachers, this is a great tool for immediate use in your classroom. This PowerPoint will walk your students through the process of using lenses to narrow the focus of inquiry. It will model the process for them before sending them off to engage in their own explorations via 'hand'!
Encourage active learning by using this handout as a companion note-taker while viewing the Hand Approach PowerPoint.
Teacher's Edition: PowerPoint Companion
Hey, teachers...need a helping 'hand'? Here's a tricky little cheat sheet to correspond with the PowerPoint and Student Companion Handout. By no means are the 'answers' rigid here, so feel free to fly free! But at least you have a jumping-off point as you get started 🙂
Here's a great activity to get students acquainted with the concept of lenses. Using a single research question, student groups jigsaw their inquiry by lens then reconvene to discuss findings. This is meant as a follow-up to the PowerPoint model. Project Rubric included!
Hand Approach: Source
The Hand Approach to narrowing essay focus is certainly an edPioneer favorite because it provides a simple, accessible way for students to get acquainted with using lenses as a narrowing tool when writing. But where did all this hand business come from, you ask? Check out Caroline Ho, et al., the Hand Approach originators! Here's the chapter that's made the Hand all the rave!
Sample Essay: Not Labeled
If you're teaching AICE General Paper, this sample essay is probably best for your students. This is an argumentative sample, ranging between 500-600 words, that responds to the 'truth' prompt featured in the Hand Approach Unit. This is great for use as a 'student version' because they can make their own observations about the writing and label accordingly!
Sample Essay: Labeled
If you're teaching AICE General Paper, this labeled, 'teacher notes' version of the 'truth' essay will be best for your students. Also useful for tutorial purposes if a student misses class or if you just want to have a model for students to reference throughout the year!