After having the opportunity to co teach a lesson with Steve West (not pictured above) at Apollo Middle School this week I certainly had an eye-opening experience. The chosen text was Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth. For those of you who have not read this, it is a very complex text in terms of the language that is used. The topic of distribution of wealth is equally complex. Mr. West and I laid out some of the “mental velcro” to help the students delve into the text with a purpose. We focused on the large and difficult paragraph 4. To help with the “text overload” Mr. West split the paragraph up into three sections and had students focus on each phrase and sentence until they built their understanding. Great job Mr. West and thank you for allowing me to come in and be a part of it!
This is hard and rewarding work.