Tiny Woman Wordshop organizes interactive language instruction into modules. Each module is a flipchart that focuses on one important language concept (big idea). We group our modules according to the specific structural and relational ideas they address, moving through sound, word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, and text relations. Every flipchart module and language concept activity aims to develop students’ higher order relational thinking.
Exploring the relation of words and phrases in a sentence (word order)
Exploring how word parts relate to form words and how words relate to form phrases
Exploring how letters and sounds relate to form words
Embedding & Transposition Modules
(in development) Relating new words and phrases to sentences and relating phrases to other phrases within a sentence
Old + New Modules
(coming soon) Relating sentences to form cohesive paragraphs
(in development) Relating paragraphs to form cohesive and coherent texts
(coming soon) Relating linguistic and literary ideas in poetry
We continue to develop new modules! So come back soon to see what we have added. Modules for reading are also in development.
Within each category, the modules are sequenced so that each new idea builds on prior learning within that category, e.g., syntax module 01, syntax module 02, etc. At the end of each flipchart module, we give suggestions about which modules (concepts) teachers may want to introduce next. Teachers can then decide how to best meet the needs of their students.
We recommend that teachers begin with SYNTAX MODULE 01: Words in Action and work (at their own pace) through to Syntax Module 06. Through progressive steps, these modules build a student’s competencies with phrase and sentence composition and higher order thinking about language structures and relations. Teachers can easily integrate these syntax ideas with Phonology and Morphology Modules. These modules focus instruction on word and sound relations within phrases and sentences. Building from their competencies with words, phrases and sentences, students are ready to explore sentence and paragraph ideas and relations.
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FEATURES OF ALL TWW MODULES
Tiny Woman Wordshop approaches language instruction by means of fundamental and enduring language ideas. TWW provides an ideal and practical way to integrate instructional criteria: discourse, open-ended questions, higher order relational thinking, big ideas, differentiated instruction, engagement, metacognition, descriptive feedback, formative assessment, success criteria, and extensions across the curriculum.
A contents page easily links teachers to the different sections of each module. The teacher sections contain follow up information from our language workshops, explanations about the focus language concepts, and ways to extend the underlying BIG IDEA across language and to other curriculum areas. Student sections contain instructions, activities, and assessment pages.Activities
The Tiny Woman guides students through the activities in each module. Students can read the instructions on their own or they can follow along as the Tiny Woman supports them.Formative Assessment
Assessment pages are for teachers to determine their students’ understanding of the important focus concept. These pages create discourse about language ideas and give teachers and students the choice of responding using the learner response devices.Classroom Discourse
Throughout each lesson, there are open-ended questions to encourage classroom discourse about language ideas and to engage students in higher order relational thinking. These discourse buttons are embedded throughout each module at different points during lessons. They reveal discourse questions.Throughout each lesson, teachers and students can engage with eachother using learner response devices (ActiVote, ActivExpression or ActivEngage). LRDs are not only great for assessment: they are a great way for students to respond to questions and share their thinking throughout a lesson.Across the Curriculum
Typically modules end with an Extending What We’ve Learned section. This section shows teachers how the big ideas of language relate across reading, writing and media studies, and how these ideas can extend, through relations, into other areas of the curriculum.Art & Music:
Through music, colourful settings, and helpful characters, the Tiny Woman explores new concepts with students.
Enjoy art and music samples on the PORTFOLIO page!portfolio