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Boot Camp: Scaffolding Learning Using Assignment Sheets

Your assignment title should serve as a hook to draw students into the task.

It's a Battle Out There!For more than 50 years, during the first half of the 5th century BC, the Persians brought their huge armies against the Greeks. Although the Persians had more soldiers, the Greeks usually won the battles. The major battles of the Persian Wars included the Battle of Marathon, the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Salamis. For this assignment you will write a letter either from a soldier to his wife about the war with the Persians or from a wife to her husband who is away at war. Choose one of these options: Choice One:On a sheet of paper, write a letter from a soldier to his wife about the war with the Persians. In writing this letter, you must make some decisions. Where is the battle? What are some of the events that are happening? (For example, maybe he has just been under attack or is waiting for a battle that is sure to happen). What would he write? How would he feel? Include plenty of description. Choice Two:On a sheet of paper, write a letter from a wife to her husband who is away at war. What would she write? What events are happening in the city? (For example, how are the women keeping the city-state together? Will they defend it? How?). How would she feel? What about the children? Include plenty of description.

Remember- these are elementary school students. The assignment sheet is meant to be a scaffolding tool - students should not feel overwhelmed by just looking at it. It should be well organized, not look clinical or be too text intensive.

A concise description of the task.

Notice how this assignment description is coaching the student towards what the teacher is looking for. You will gradually eliminate suggestions like these so that students begin to ask themselves these questions (independently).

Click- Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner: Used with Permission


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