Imaginative Literacy lesson planning guides

Most of the lesson ideas on this website, at least so far, are the short kind that are built on a single cognitive tool. We obviously think these can lead to engaging and effective teaching, and engaged and effective learning, of various literacy skills. But each single cognitive tool is like an instrument providing its own distinctive sound. Bringing together a set of cognitive tools, however, can lead to a much richer and compelling lesson or unit, enabling the set of instruments to perform a symphony. (Metaphor of the week!)

The planning guides we will provide here are of two kinds. More formal and elaborate frameworks that can lead you step by step in the structuring of a lesson or unit and more informal frameworks that can be used to sketch a distinctive “Imaginative Literacy” plan. We suspect that you might use the full and formal “linear” frameworks only a few times, perhaps, till you understand the principles, and then you might more commonly turn to the less formal “circular” frameworks. Again, these frameworks are simply designed to remind you of the set of cognitive tools you can deploy in engaging students’ imaginations in learning, and to help organize the use of the tools in an ordered way—which you might use or change as suites you, of course.

As mentioned on the linking page, the frameworks and principles for engaging the imaginations of children under about seven years of age are somewhat different from those designed to engage older students and adults.

Formal “linear” framework for young children
Informal “circular” framework for young children
The “linear” framework for older children

The “circular” framework for older children