Applying Icons of Depth and Complexity and Content Imperatives
Have students apply the icons of depth and complexity to the 2nd Grade HM read aloud, Oscar's Enormous Purr by Jeanne Richardson Rondoe. Guided by the teacher, students identify words and details (actions) from the story to determine the perspective of the characters in the story. They also identify the perspective of the main character, Oscar, and how his perspective is related to other characters in the story. Finally, students will determine how and why the perspectives of the characters change over time.
Teach Students to "Read" the Cover of a Book Using Depth and Complexity Icons
Using Depth and Complexity Icons to Better Understand Ourselves and Influence How We Treat Others
I opened this lesson by introducing the rationale that by looking at situations through multiple perspectives helps us understand the impact we have on ourselves and each other.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit". These words, from Aristotle help to remind students to build good habits and work toward excellence. This striving for excellence should be an overall mentality and not isolated to how students perform academically. Students need to be reminded of the tremendous power they have as individuals. Their behavior, good or bad, may have a rippling impact beyond what they imagine. In fact, how we treat others says a great deal about who we are as people.
Together we examined how rules (both written and unwritten) serve a purpose. We also looked at how words have the power to impact others, and the importance of patterns in behavior. After going through this process as a class (seen left), students responded in writing to what it meant to them.
Close Read Images Using Depth and Complexity Icons
Using Multiple Critical Thinking Tools of Depth and Complexity and Content Imperatives
A great example of how students used the depth and complexity critical thinking tools to gain a deeper understanding of a concept. This was a project completed by two 5th grade students. Notice how they integrated ethical issues, change over time, and contribution, among others.