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Using Points of View Reference Center to Teach Social Awareness

Author // Mary Rowland Monday, 28 September 2020

Monday Mini Lessons Model Remote Teaching Best Practices

INFOhio provides resources and web tools at no cost to all Ohio's teachers. Articles, videos, eBooks, and learning modules are available to use in lesson plans and learning activities. To support educators integrating digital content into instruction and remote teaching, INFOhio has created Monday Mini Lessons—videos that showcase best practices for remote teaching using INFOhio's high-quality digital content.  

Monday Mini Lessons focus on strategies educators need to connect with and engage students during this time of social distancing. These model lessons are practical approaches with learned best practices to support the use of digital content in instruction whether face-to-face or virtualYou can learn more about how to use and navigate INFOhio’s resources and web tools in INFOhio Learning Pathways, just one option for flexible PD from INFOhio Campus. 

Teaching with Points of View Reference Center 

September is all about building connections with students in INFOhio's Monday Mini Lessons. Learn more about how to use opposing points of view from Points of View Reference Center to support Ohio's Social Emotional Learning Standards in remote teaching for middle and high school students. 

In the Points of View Reference Center mini lesson, the standards and best practice focus is on Ohio's Social Emotional Learning Standards Competency C: Social Awareness and a Best Practices for Digital Reading component that students should engage, communicate, connect, create, and reflect when reading digital text. Previous experience with Google Docs, digital annotation tools, and Points of View Reference Center will be helpful throughout this lesson. 

Watch our second Monday Mini Lessons: Using Points of View Reference Center to Teach Social Awareness and reflect on how you can modify this lesson to use in your own teaching practice.

Annotating Digital Text

In this lesson, students are asked to use digital tools to highlight and annotate the digital text. To learn more about saving Points of View Reference Center articles to Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox, visit the Getting to Know Points of View Reference Center lesson in the Points of View Reference Center class, located in the 6–12 Digital Content Learning Pathway

After using the Save PDF to Cloud option, open the PDF from your Google Drive. Encourage students to use the comment feature to engage with the digital text.

After using the Save to Drive option, open the Points of View article from your Google Drive. Please note, to convert the HTML to a Google Doc, select, Open with Google Docs. Encourage students to use the highlight and comment features to engage with the digital text. 

For Point and Counterpoint articles that do not include an option to open as a PDF, copy and paste the article into a blank Google Doc.

Extending the Learning

In this lesson, students complete the Frayer Model for a topic of their choice. The Frayer Model used in this lesson was based on Frayer a Friend by Brian Ross. The completed Frayer Model helps students reflect on their opinion and encourages the student to recognize and empathize with different perspectives. The teacher can learn about their students through this process.

Use the Frayer Model and annotating strategy modeled in this lesson when reading fiction. Challenge students to complete the Frayer Model for an event from the point of view of a character in a short story or novel. Students will continue to practice skills that deepen engagement with digital text and develop empathy for another's point of view. 

More Ways to Connect Points of View Reference Center to Instruction 

There are other ways to connect Points of View Reference Center with Ohio's Social Emotional Learning Standards. Explore other Teach with INFOhio blogs that provide integration ideas for Points of View Reference Center:

To learn more about Points of View Reference Center, check out the Points of View Reference Center class available within INFOhio's 6–12 Digital Content Learning Pathway

Points of View Reference Center is one of INFOhio's most popular resources and makes a great addition to content area classrooms for grades 6–12. Check out these additional resources to help you use Points of View Reference Center in your classroom or school library. 

Join us for Monday Mini Lessons throughout the school year, focusing on new themes and practical applications for your teaching practice, using INFOhio's licensed digital content. If you have questions or comments, we are here to help! Please contact us at support.infohio.org

About the Author

Posted by: Mary Rowland

Mary Rowland is an Instructional Team Specialist with INFOhio. A former high school English teacher with 14 years teaching experience, Mary is an accomplished leader who facilitated professional development in her previous district on integrating web-based tools into the classroom, Google Apps for Education, and writing across the curriculum. During her career, Mary mentored student teachers and served on both the district and building leadership committees. She has earned a BA in English, an MS in Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and is a Google Certified Educator Level 1. Mary is passionate about supporting INFOhio’s mission to help Ohio’s educators integrate the tools and resources to strengthen education for Ohio’s students.

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