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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Local educators receive award

  • An Exemplary Interdisciplinary Unit in Literacy Education citation has been awarded to two HLGU education faculty members and local educators by the International Reading Association.
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  • An Exemplary Interdisciplinary Unit in Literacy Education citation has been awarded to two HLGU education faculty members and local educators by the International Reading Association.
    Larinee Dennis and Julie Jackson Albee worked with four area educators to develop a unit of study that incorporated several Common Core State Standards for grades three to five.  
    In the fall, Albee received notice that the International Reading Association had issued a call for researchers to partner with K through 12 practitioners to develop interdisciplinary units in Literacy Education. She contacted Larinee Dennis and they gathered a writing team. Two HLGU alumni, J’Lynne Schafer Mundle (’01), third grade teacher at Stowell Elementary in Hannibal, and Megan Duckworth Hathaway (‘07), fifth-grade teacher at New London Elementary, along with Principal Melanie Smith and Sue Spiegelhoff, fourth-grade teacher, both at New London Elementary, completed the team.  
    Larinee Dennis led the effort, and the team met for several writing sessions during October and November. They collaboratively created the unit entitled, “Research and Persuade – What Animal Should Be New At the Zoo?” During the unit, in groups of four, third- through fifth-grade students research an endangered species, write a newspaper article, develop a PowerPoint presentation, and give an oral presentation to a “Zoo Board” that  determines which animal should be added to the zoo’s collection. The unit was submitted to the International Reading Association (IRA) for review in November.
    Teachers Hathaway and Spieglehoff, along with their third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade colleagues, piloted the unit with their students during January, February and March.  
    In late March, Mundle and her co-teachers also began teaching the unit.  
    The benefits of the unit noted by area teachers were also recognized by the International Reading Association. In late January, the team received notification that their unit was one of six units rated as exemplary by IRA’s Professional Resources Group. As a result, the team was invited to present the unit at the Poster Session of Interdisciplinary Units at the International Reading Association’s 58th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in April.

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