Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
The Children of Willesden Lane calls on readers to understand more than Lisa’s journey from Vienna to London—it asks them to apply this understanding to becoming a citizen of the world. To do this, students need to hear one another's perspectives on the story, not just the perspective of the teacher. Setting up structured conversations about readings from the book can help. Structured conversations encourage students to compare their own responses with those of others, to anchor what they say in the details of the text, and to forge connections to larger frames of meaning.
In the video, Jane Percival leads her seventh- and eighth-grade students through her own adaptation of the “Grand Conversation” outlined on page 40 of the curriculum guide. Students have been exploring the yearlong theme “What makes a community?” and have just finished reading Chapters 20–24 in The Children of Willesden Lane. This school is an arts-centered public charter school where interdisciplinary inquiry is central to the instructional approach.