Author Topic: Pre-Reading activities for article on Particle Accelerator  (Read 7080 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Randall Sadler

  • The boss of the Forum!
  • Administrator
  • Dumbledore Poster!
  • *
  • Posts: 407
  • Karma Points! 165
  • Yes, well done. Well done.
    • View Profile
Pre-Reading activities for article on Particle Accelerator
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:11:22 PM »
Post your pre-reading ideas for use with this article:
Randall Sadler, Site Owner
Asst. Prof, Linguistics, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Offline hetrolauren

  • Buckbeak Poster
  • ****
  • Posts: 11
  • Karma Points! 5
    • View Profile
Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Particle Accelerator
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 04:00:35 PM »
As pre-reading activities to introduce the linguistic elements and anticipated content in the article, the instructor could:

1) Show the students the article title:"NASA Spacecraft Discovers Particle Accelerator at Saturn"and brainstorm in groups or as a class about the ideas they think will be covered in the article.

2) Afterward, discuss in groups or as a class the related vocabulary that they anticipate to find in the article as determined by reading the title alone.

3) Then, give the students a handout of key vocabulary (important words both in video clip & the article that might help them understand the concept better)

4) Show students an introductory video on space (Saturn, the sun, etc.)
« Last Edit: February 28, 2013, 01:50:00 PM by hetrolauren »

Offline lyneelawson

  • Norbert Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 14
  • Karma Points! 9
    • View Profile
Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Particle Accelerator
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 05:04:24 PM »
This is multi-layered concept map building exercise for advanced ESL readers. The idea is that readers will be able to consider first what they know about the topic of the article, learn from other student's knowledge, and then move to internet sources to gather as much content schema as possible.

This Accelerator Prereading Worksheet follows the explanation below:

Teachers need to be prepared with enough red, blue, and black pens for all the students.
  • Students look at the title and first sentence and underline 3-4 words or phrases that they feel are important
  • RED pen: students create a concept map individually about what they know already about those terms
  • BLUE pen: students walk around and add to their concept map by asking others students what they know or have written down about that topic
  • BLACK pen: students are allowed to use their favorite internet search engine and add as much more detail as possible to their concept maps.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2013, 01:48:51 PM by lyneelawson »

Offline Ka Ng

  • Ka Ng
  • Buckbeak Poster
  • ****
  • Posts: 8
  • Karma Points! 5
    • View Profile
Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Particle Accelerator
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 10:25:05 PM »
Pre-Reading Activities
1. A video about astronomy will be played in class to foster the interest of students towards this type of material. This activity would be interest-orientated, therefore, students will not be asked to take notes or have intense discussion about the video
A sample video would be: NASA | Fermi Proves Supernova Remnants Produce Cosmic Rays
(This video consists of a lot of vocabulary words that are also in the article with animation, which will prepare the students before reading the article).

2. Students will be then divided into groups of five and each group will get a list of about 3-5 astronomical words (For example: solar wind, shockwaves, and supernovas). Students of each group will have about 10 minutes to try coming up with a definition or a picture for each word and will present to classmates. Because similar information has already been introduced in the video, most of the students should have already familiarized themselves with those type of words. If the students get the definitions wrong, depending on the time schedule the teacher has organized for the class, the students will either be corrected by the teacher or get to use a dictionary in class to make corrections.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2013, 01:16:02 PM by Ka Ng »

Offline beckymenendez

  • Dumbledore Poster!
  • ******
  • Posts: 17
  • Karma Points! 6
    • View Profile
Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Particle Accelerator
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 12:22:17 AM »
Students fill out a KWL Chart.  This activity starts with students brainstorming everything they know about a topic.  Students could complete this part in small groups, then share with the whole class some of what they wrote down.  Next, students come up with questions about what they want to know.  The final part of the KWL chart is where students record what they learn after the activity.  This could tie in with Lynee's concept mapping.  Because concept mapping may be less lingusitically demanding for students than writing out information in this chart, this could be a phase two supplement to Lynee's intial concept mapping brainstorming.  This would keep it a strictly pre-reading activity, students could fill out what they've learned after a pre-research activity like Lynee's concept mapping, where they use the internet to find information about the key words in the title.  However, this pre-reading exercise.  However, this activity could also extend into the during-reading phase if students, for the 'L' section, also add the information from the article while reading.  Below is what a KWL worksheet might look like for this article:
K-W-L Chart
K – What We Know
Looking at the title and at the picture in the article, what are some things you think this article might talk about?  In small groups, brainstorm and write down everything you already know about these topics in the “K” section of the KWL chart.  For example, what do you know about NASA?  What do you know about space?  About Saturn?

 W – What We Want to Learn
After compiling all the things we know about these topics, do you notice any gaps?  Were there any disagreements between the two groups?  Looking at the title again, what kind of questions do you have about this article?  What do you want to learn more about?  Write down some WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW questions in the “W” section of the KWL chart.

 L – What We Learned
As you read the article, think about the questions you ask.  Are you finding any answers to the questions you ask?  Are you finding information that contradicts what you thought you knew about the topics?  Write these down in the “L” section of the KWL chart.

« Last Edit: February 28, 2013, 01:44:42 PM by beckymenendez »

Offline colby2

  • Buckbeak Poster
  • ****
  • Posts: 8
  • Karma Points! 4
    • View Profile
Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Particle Accelerator
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 12:23:57 PM »
One thing you might do with a classroom (especially if it's aimed at children) is have them engage in an interactive website to see the vocabulary in context.  After going over all the words you want the students to know, the students can have a "vocabulary scavenger hunt", where they go to a website and learn even more about the vocabulary by clicking on topics and subtopics.  A really good website for this might be the NASA for kids website: .  Here, the students could select a planet (Saturn, perhaps, since this is what the article is dealing with) and learn more about it.  There is also a "homework helper" tab, which could be utilized to get students to find out specific facts about the solar system.  Contextualizing it will be not only fun for the students, but would also provide real-life examples of how the language is used.

Take a look at the attached doc for more ideas!
« Last Edit: February 28, 2013, 01:51:48 PM by colby2 »

Offline spilg1

  • Buckbeak Poster
  • ****
  • Posts: 9
  • Karma Points! 1
    • View Profile
Re: Pre-Reading activities for article on Particle Accelerator
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 01:10:57 PM »
I really like the website that you chose.   :notworthy   Its very interactive, and on top of learning about the planets and vocabulary terms the format of this website puts it all into perspective.  The website kind of makes it feel like you are exploring the galaxy!  I think maybe putting the students into teams to search for definitions could make it even more fun, like a "space race."