Hunter In The Dark
At the time this assignment is introduced, the teacher has finished the novel study with the class. The main themes of the novel have been discussed and students should have necessary background to complete the learning stations.
The teacher will group students in pairs (or threes where necessary) before taking them to the library to begin this activity.
The teacher remains with the class throughout the completion of the stations providing assistance where needed and assessing how well the students keep on task and work cooperatively in their group setting.
The teacher-librarian took responsibility for creating and organizing the learning stations. She met with the class prior to the activity to review the procedure of completing learning stations and to give any special instructions required to carry out the activity.
The teacher-librarian, along with the classroom teacher, provided assistance while students worked on their stations. As well, the teacher-librarian evaluated the completed stations and discussed results with the classroom teacher.
Schedule for Activities and Time Frame - 3 classes (80 minute time periods)
Teacher and teacher-librarian introduce the assignment to the students. It is explained that the stations will be a good review of the major themes in the novel, as well as a chance to learn more about areas of the novel students found interesting. Students are also reminded that they are familiarizing themselves with the type of information that is available to them in the school library.Step 2
The students spent three 80-minute periods in the school library completing the stations. (Some finished earlier but it is best to set aside three periods to ensure all will be able to complete the work.)Step 3
Following evaluation of activities, the assignments were returned to students and the activity was discussed by students, teacher and teacher-librarian.
Evaluation: Assessment of Students, Evaluation of Activity.
Students were assessed in two ways : how they worked while doing the activity and the quality of the answers they provided to complete each station. Most stations had a question that required some critical thinking and understanding of the novel.