Engaging Students in the Making of Good New Ideas
Module Five - - Adding, Subtracting, Meshing and Adjusting 5
Modifying one's view as evidence accumulates.

As students learn about a person in history or start to engage in problem-based learning, they must apply new information to their preconceptions, suppositions and hypotheses. They end up adding, subtracting, meshing and adjusting.

Let's see how this works with Joan of Arc.

Most of us have some image of Joan's personality before doing much research. We know just enough to make a list of 10-12 reasonable suppositions. Open Inspiration or your word processor and make a list of words like "courageous" or "devout" that seem reasonable to you.

Finding Evidence to Test Suppositions

Now consult some of the following sources and see how they lead you to adjust your suppositions:

Source O ne - Joan of Arc's 'Letter to the English'
(22 March 1429)

Source Two - Saint Joan of Arc's Trial of Condemnation

Source Three - Saint Joan of Arc's Trial of Nullification

Source Four - Catholic Encyclopedia > J > St. Joan of Arc

Source Five - Wikipedia

Source Six - The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

Note how this kind of research and thinking prepares students for the tough reading questions on NAEP (The National Assessment of Educational Progress):

Sample Item

What causes the main character to do _____? Use evidence from the story in your response.

More examples at the bottom of this NAEP page.

Please do not move to next module until instructed to do so by the facilitator.

© Jamie McKenzie, 2008, all rights reserved. No copies can be made or distributed in any format without the express written permission of the author.

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