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Higher Order Thinking in an ICT-infused Higher Tamil Classroom

 

Subject Higher Tamil Language
Level: Year 3
Theme : Community and Nation
Topic: Social Service
Macro-concept: System
Enduring Understanding: Students understand the role of the youth in their community, and that they have a duty to serve the community.
Essential Questions: What are the roles of the youth in the family and community?
 Curricular or Pedagogical Focus / Lens Concept-based Instruction

Overview

Through the reading of the text and listening to the movie song, the students will understand that they have to give back to the community through doing social service.

Grouping by Readiness

Students were divided into groups. Each group consisted of students with different readiness level so that they can learn from each other.

Lesson Hook

I played a popular movie song for the students to think and analyse. In this song, the poet appeals to the youth to run like “the river” and to add pride to the world like “mountains, oceans, land and air”.

After watching the video of the song, I posed the following questions to develop students’ understanding of the lyrics as well the message behind the song:

  • What is the message the poet is conveying through this song?
  • The poet states that the youth should “run like the river”. What are the qualities of the river? Does this apply to the youth as well?
  • Why does the poet liken youth to the “air, ocean, mountains and land”? In what ways are these comparisons accurate?
  • Do you think the comparisons are valid?
  • What is the takeaway message from this song?

Next, the class read the passage from the textbook. After reading, I linked it to the discussion on the concept of social service and provided the prompting questions for students to choose for discussion as below:

  • How does Dr. Mu Va describe the world metaphorically?
  • How does service work in the cities differ from service work in the villages? What are the reasons for the differences?
  • What are the roles of the youth in the family and community?
  • What are the duties of the youth in the family and community. What are our takeaways from this lesson?

Conclusion

I ended the lesson by concluding the main learning points that surfaced during the discussion and linked it back to the concept on “social service” as below:

The river never stops flowing. Likewise, the youth should not be discouraged by failure and should continue working towards success. The youth should do what they can do for others. The poet used “bank statements” as a metaphor for the world. So in our “bank statements”, we should not only receive acts of goodwill, but also to remember to give back to the society.

Follow-up Activity

Each group compared the important learning points from the movie song and the text and uploaded their understanding to Edmodo online platform.

Posted byMr. Kumbalingam Uthaman

Senior Teacher

Raffles Girls’ School


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