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AdLIT Video Clips for Professional Development

Introduction

The Project AdLIT video clips are designed as multimedia resources for professional development. They are meant to be used as discussion pieces for teaching literacy in different contexts and to demonstrate how key aspects of language arts – such as comprehension, vocabulary, symbolic expression, communication, interpretation, and research – are interconnected, not only to each other, but to the core elements of a particular content area and to the skills needed across content areas and in everyday life.

These clips are also meant to serve as naturalistic examples of how select Ohio teachers engage their students in the learning process. They are videos of actual, unscripted lessons that serve as windows into the techniques different teachers use to promote literacy and engagement in their classrooms. These clips should be viewed as stimuli for professional conversations about how teachers can promote active learning, literacy, and standards-based instruction in the unique context of their own classrooms and school settings. More about viewing the clips...

The Video Clips: Middle School

These video clips capture actual instructional lessons from middle school classrooms in Ohio:

Video Clip    In What Do You Wonder? Exploring the Story of the Loch Ness Monster, a teacher asks her students to gather textual evidence from nonfiction resources in order to support a particular viewpoint. More about this clip...
Video Clip    In Composing Griot Tales, students demonstrate their understanding of social studies content by composing Griot tales, stories of historical significance deeply rooted in cultural traditions and symbolic communication. More about this clip...
Video Clip    In Promoting Discussion through Literature Circles: The Outsiders, students critically discuss the famous novel, The Outsiders, using the protocols of literature circles. More about this clip...
Video Clip    In The Rhythm of Language, a teacher introduces iambic pentameter and the importance of rhythm in Shakespearean writings and asks her students to create iambs in the school’s sound garden. More about this clip...
Video Clip    In Word Wall Performances, a teacher explains how a student-created word wall can facilitate the learning of vocabulary and asks her students to use the vocabulary in the context of an artistic medium such as poetry or song. More about this clip...

The Video Clips: High School

These video clips capture actual instructional lessons from high school classrooms in Ohio:

Video Clip    In Electrician for a Week, a teacher supports and encourages inquiry-based learning in a lab setting as students explore electric circuitry and its real-world applications. More about this clip...
Video Clip    In Exploring Character Complexity with Catcher in the Rye, a high school humanities teacher and her 9th grade students explore the complexities of fictional characters. More about this clip...

About the AdLIT Video Project

These instructional scenarios were produced by the Ohio Resource Center for Mathematics, Science, and Reading as part of Project AdLIT: Advancing Adolescent Literacy Instruction Together. This video project was completed in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Literacy; the University of Akron, Department of Design and Development Services; Dr. Bill Kist, Kent State University; and teachers from participating middle and high schools.

We sincerely thank these organizations and individuals for their collaboration and contributions. Without them, this project would not have been possible.