- Choose a topic that can be developed by posing the questions about facts that a reporter would ask. This method is often called the 5w-how approach.
- Ask students to read the material about the main topic and take notes on it using columns labeled who, what, when, where, why, and how.
- After the students have finished reading, enter the main topic in the Concept/Event drum (center of map) and display the graphic organizer.
- Direct students to the boxes in the map. Conduct a group brainstorming session in which students use their notes to answer the 5w-how questions while you enter their input on the map.
- At the end of the group discussion, ask students to write a one-sentence summary of the details in each box.
Differentiated Instruction: Lesson 1
- To help struggling students organize their notes as they read, have them each set up columns labeled who, what, when, where, why, and how. Ask them to enter at least one entry under each column as they read. When students have finished reading, ask volunteers to contribute examples from their charts for group discussion.