Students will work individually, with attention focused on the teacher and desks facing straight for most of the class period for maximum attention. Students will work in groups of 4 when discussing biographies of prisoners to encourage collaboration and teamwork.
Reading quiz: a short 2-3 question quiz meant to assess whether or not the student read the selected reading and give credit for it.
Class reading discussion: areview of quiz, followed by thought-provoking questions about the reading, designed to give students a working base knowledge of how Gulag camps worked.
Podcast listening activity: listen to short podcast from ITunesU entitled “Gulag Memory,” available for free.
Class brainstorming activity: using the describing wheel, students will assist the teacher in completion of a word cloud.
Group discussion: in small groups of 4 students will read a brief description of a prisoner’s experience selected by the teacher from www.gulaghistory.org and fill out a describing wheel handout with aid from group members.
Reflection essay: students will write a reflection essay to summarize their learning of Gulag camps and allow the teacher to assess degree of information retaining.