Sunday, July 3, 2016

LOTUS DIAGRAM | SUPER LOTUS DIAGRAM | LOTUS READING NOTES

LOTUS DIAGRAM | SUPER LOTUS DIAGRAM | LOTUS READING NOTES: This investigative close reading tool is used for
SUPER LOTUS DIAGRAM
organization ideas, asking questions, annotating keywords, defining terms, logging new knowledge, marking connections (cause and effect) and or brainstorming notes for Socratic discussions. The Lotus Diagram is a useful tool for pre-writing, comparing and contrasting ideas, ranking and organizing notes, and supports the summarizing of main ideas or the important facts of a text.
 Using Lotus Reading notes along with Text Coding helps students break down and logically order topics of information, which can then be ranked for relevance for further re-reading and research. This organizational procedure is also an excellent cooperative learning jigsaw activity that facilitates discussion while a group uncovers key concepts while reading. This graphic organizer is the next emanation of the popular and overused web graphic organizer. This is an analytical, organizational tool for breaking broad topics into smaller thematic components. This investigative close reading tool helps students plan, think, write and process a text at a deeper level; they develop ideas or clarify questions on a defined topic.


Procedures
1. The teacher prepares a completed exemplar of a Lotus Notes Diagram and shares a copy with the class. The teacher models the procedures for completing the diagram and the strategies for taking notes. Modeling text coding while reading and researching to complete a Lotus Notes Diagram can be explained, and is an excellent way to start out if you are already using text coding.  Hint, I use the hundreds of free models on the internet. The major topic or open-ended question is in the center of the lotus diagram. Starting at the top right of the diagram number each box clockwise around the center from 1 to 8

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“Determine the topics to be studied!”
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SUPER LOTUS “NOTES” DIAGRAM: This investigative close reading and research tool is for ongoing long term study and reading. This is usually written on a large piece of chart paper and used as an ongoing Jigsaws activity. This takes your subtopics or clarifying questions and goes deeper into eight new sub-subtopics, by parsing the major topic into 64 related questions or topics lets you examine or analyze minutely each one of these new ideas. Parsing the eight subtopics entirely into new topics is an ongoing brainstorming process done in steps over time. At the end of the process, you will have 64 new pieces of knowledge, related-connected ideas, ideas compared and contrasted, the deepest questions, modified-reimagined ideas all from the first initial topic of study. This investigative close reading strategy is an amazing way to visualize and order their thinking process. Students  become adroit cogent thinkers that have real tools to examine and analyze a text (close reading).

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2. The teacher or students determine the major topic or minor subtopics to be researched. Jigsaw: Doing the activity as a jigsaw the teacher can divide groups into teams that can brainstorm their own ideas into on major topic.

3. Use a teacher made Lotus Reading Notes template with the main topic is the center and the questions or research subtopics are completed when introducing the activity for the first time.

4. Students write that major topic or open-ended question in the center of the Lotus Diagram.

5.  Students develop and generate eight sub-topics or relevant questions that expand upon the central major topic.

6. Place the eight sub-topics or relevant questions around the center box starting at the 1 and going clockwise.

7. Students can draw pictures, use text codes, page numbers, quotes, or symbols instead of writing responses for all subtopics.

CORNELL LOTUS NOTES


Extensions:
Students that are learning to read can illustrate eight pictures using the organizers arranged order, First-Finally, Beginning-Middle-End, (1-8) the sequencing teaches students chronological order.


Preschool students can use this organizer for phonics instruction or alphabetics by using auditory discrimination or the 44 sounds (phonemes) of English.  The center rectangle can have one of the 44 phonemes like the “sh” phoneme and word exemplars, ”SHIP, MISSION, CHEF” listed,  the students listen to a read aloud or look through a list of words and students write the words with the same phoneme sound.

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