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Approaches to Learning (ATL) support
– Research Journal– This document will help you organize your research projects and will help you assess your sources and data analysis strategies.
– Research Journal (EE).
– A day in the life of… The format in this document will help you enhance your empathy skills. Empathizing with people or ‘walking in other people’s shoes’ will reveal considerations you might not have thought of before. A great idea when analyzing characters in novels, or when studying a case.
– A world of Assumptions. This simple exercise will help you enhance your skills for generating hypothesis and for looking at variables differently.
– Reverse Reasoning. This system is fantastic when trying to find the root of the problem. I strongly recommend it when looking at situations from a cause-effect perspective.
– The Voice in a billboard. The goal of this resource is to enable you to produce a single visual representation of a situation or a problem that will help you focus on generating solutions or new ideas.
– Building Arguments. Because critical thinking involves looking very closely and using reason to thoroughly understand it, this document will help you add power to your arguments. (This resource captures ideas from Inquire by Robert King, et al.)
– SCAMPER. This is a great strategies for DT / Design students. A great ‘add-on’ to the design cycle. The SCAMPER technique uses a set of directed questions which you answer in order to come up with new ideas.
– Draw your own Inquiry– this graphic organiser will help you understand the power of your focus question either in a research project or while collaborating. Use it if you want to look at different aspects of your inquiry so that your discussion becomes more meaningful.
– Defining vocabulary items– (Spanish) being able to define a term is a skill that will help you improvise when you do not know what one thing is called. Pay attention to singulars and plurals, masculines and feminines, when choosing el, la, los, las; as well as es and son.
– Concept Attainment: This organiser will help you elaborate on a vocabulary item in order to enrich your descriptions.
– Draw it! Connecting events: In this organiser you will draw a picture of the topic you read about in your book. This organiser will help you visualize details and characteristic features.
– Fishbone/Cause-Effect: This organizer will help you explain cause-effect relationships in a task. By choosing the effects, it will be easy for you to find the most important things that caused this effect.
– I need support! – This organizer will help you support main ideas when you want to enhance meaning.
– Map it out! – This organizer will help you organize examples and supporting ideas for a given topic.
– Picture Order– This organizer will help you work on sequence of events. You can also use it to work on simple/basic storyboards.
– Prove it!– This organizer will help you enhance your understanding of a text/passage by recording your predictions and them letting you include your conclusions. This will allow you to compare your initial guesses and to test your understanding.
– Think Aloud!: This organizer will help you enhance your visual literacy (visual interpretation). It will help you organize ideas as you study an image.
– Timeline: This organizer will help you sequence the way in which events occurred.
– DRAW YOUR OWN INQUIRY – This organiser will help you deepen your inquiry, by helping you develop focused questions through the lenses of various concepts.
IB DP Language B Writing Assignment tools
– Writing Assignment Resources Analysis: This format will help you organize your resources, and will allow you to take notes on why each resource matters.
– Writing Assignment language and phrases. This document includes a collection of structures that will help you add a personal touch to your WA. The document is organised for you to see how certain structures will help you in specific criteria.
Preparation for an Oral Assessment (Spanish)
– Enhancing your interaction skills. This document includes questions, classified in 3 categories, that will give you examples on patterns that you can use to structure questions at different levels. The task was based on a unit entitled ‘informing others’.
Grammar Support (Spanish)
– Writing Assessment Self-Check list. [Specific for phase 3 onwards] This checklist includes some of the most common details that students oversee when writing. This format will help you go over your writing tasks and improve their accuracy.
– Writing effective physical descriptions – This table includes a BIG collection of adjectives that you can use to successfully describe a person’s looks. You might want to look up all the adjectives included. Notice how we use the verbs SER, ESTAR and TENER depending on what we want to describe.
– Adjectives for descriptions. This list of adjectives is less exhaustive than the above one. This table includes classifications for more categories, and many cognates as well.
– Most Frequent Verbs dictionary– download this 2-page verb and you will have access to the most commonly used verbs in the Spanish B class. Verbs are conjugated in 4 tenses, but only for YO. You will have to think of the rest.
– Key Verbs and Structures for phases 1-3 . This document includes the most commonly used structures and tenses in the 3 basic phases of the Spanish B program in the MYP. (Also Good for Spanish Ab and SL)
– Expressing transition and change– This document includes some useful verbs to describe how people, places and things change. Likewise, you will have a chart showing you which tenses can be used and the way in which you are to use each tense.
– Conjugations table– Print this 2-page document (back to back is best!) and you will have at hand the conjugation patterns for the 3 groups of verbs in Spanish, including some irregular ones.
– Writing sentences and constructing paragraphs. This document includes some tips on how to structure sentences accurately and how to sequence them using connector in order to put together a succinct paragraph.
– Useful phrases for writing letters. The list of expressions in this document will help you enrich your written expression when writing different types of letters.
– Contrasting Antepresente / Pretérito and Prepositions– This document explains some significant differences on the use of present perfect and past tense in Spanish. It also includes some tips on the use of common prepositions.
– Question patterns and useful vocabulary for various tenses. The table in this document will help you master patterns for questions in different tenses. This table is useful as it will allow you to enhance your skills when describing different moments and different types of actions. Look carefully at the color patterns for they show you what goes together.
– Common errors English-Spanish. This checklist shows the most common mistakes that committed in Spanish (when using English as a reference). This will help you avoid such mistakes.