Carnegie Corporation of New York How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit?

This web seminar took place on July 12, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Brian Reiser, Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, and Michael Novak, Middle school science teacher in Morton Grove IL and Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University. Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

Program abstract

Successful units feature a coherent storyline where each lesson builds on those that come before it and foster questions that lead into the next lesson. In this web seminar, we will show you examples of coherent storylines and provide guidance on how you can develop your own. This is one of a series of web seminars providing teachers advice on implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or other three-dimensional science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I enjoyed watching the videos of students - it was interesting to see them in action. How to develop a storyline by starting a unit with a phenomenon and having students come up with questions to investigate."
  • "This was a very well designed and put together Web Seminar. There is a lot to learn about implementing the NGSS in a meaningful way. This webinar was huge step forward for me. Thank you again!"
  • "I really enjoyed the tips from the presenters and the links other teachers sent in the chat especially about NGSS and using this to form a unit around questions that the students can answer. I learned how to ask them "why" questions and not questions that will lead to research only but rather more investigation."
  • "I am going to share this archive with a group of teachers that are beginning to work on the story lining process. This will be helpful for them to see different examples of real work being done in classrooms."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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