Meaning Making

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Participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of Meaning Making

  • Explore design considerations around the Think Aloud strategy to make the invisible processes of learning come to life.

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Being able to construct meaning from text is an essential skill. How do you support this skill when interacting with the text is a barrier for learners? Moreover, what unique considerations present themselves in various disciplines. For example, how might one “read like a scientist?” In this session, we will explore strategies to minimize barriers, identify inclusive practices that support meaning-making, and expand our notion of texts.

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Meaning making in any discipline is the central purpose for interacting with text, producing text, participating in discussions, giving presentations, and engaging in research. Meaning making is not confined to literal comprehension. Inference making and critical reading require substantial and explicit attention in every discipline. — (California English Language Arts & English Language Development Framework, 2015).

What are some qualitative dimensions of complex literary (L) and informational texts (I) that promote meaning making beyond literal comprehension?

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Meaning Making
In this month's resource, a master teacher conducts a lesson on poetry in a diverse 5th grade classroom, applying the principles of UDL. Classroom scenes are intercut with those of a panel of UDL experts reflecting on the unfolding lesson. This resource will support educators to will gain not only practical knowledge from this video, but a better understanding of the conceptual framework of UDL.