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Pre-reading activities for an Astronomy article
« on: February 25, 2008, 11:52:00 AM »
Post your ideas for pre-reading activities for the attached article here.  You'll also find ideas for during-reading and post-reading activities in those sections on the board!

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Re: Pre-reading activities (Cary, Natalie, Tomo)
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2008, 06:29:35 PM »
The pre-reading exercise which we come up with is to give them background information about the content of the reading text.  Especially, knowing about ?dark matter? is very important for learners in this case.  First, we ask students questions like ?Do you know anything about ?dark matter???  We tease out students? ideas about the space phenomena.  After that, we will show some video clips from Discovery Channel ( or NASA ( because visual materials can help students build their background knowledge.  Through these two steps, students can go on to the during-reading activity because they have learned the schema about ?dark matter?.

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Re: Pre-reading activities for an Astronomy article
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2008, 08:05:46 PM »
Tomo, I really like the use of the Discovery Channel clips to help fill-in-the-knowledge gaps.  Great idea!

In thinking of some schema-building pre-reading activities for this article, Lisa and I thought it might be helpful to have the students discuss the following questions in small groups. 

  • Do you believe in things that can't be seen?  Why or why not?
  • How would you prove the existence of something that can't be seen or felt?

From there, we would then have the students read the title of the article, "First Invisible Galaxy Discovered in Cosmology Breakthrough" and predict what the article will be about.  They could guess how the scientists detected the invisible galaxy and compare how close their conjectures actually are once they've read the article.

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Re: Pre-reading activities for an Astronomy article
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2008, 12:24:31 PM »
Here is what RuRu and I came up with for our pre-reading activity:

1) Have Ss watch a short documentary, introducing basic knowledge about space, the galaxy, and universe
 2) Take Ss to the museum or planetarium, where the displays may give Ss more background knowledge and better images about space and the galaxy.

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Re: Pre-reading activities for an Astronomy article
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 10:33:58 AM »
Because this material is quite difficult to understand because of so many terminology of astronomy, I think we need to do some activity for vocabulary.
One activity can be giving students all astronomical vocabulary in the article and let them guess what the stroy will be like and let them draw a semantic map.
Another activity can let Ss identify the genre of the article and how the tone is like. To activate Ss' background knowlege the teacher can ask student's background knowledge about galaxy.
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