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A Guide for Developing Interdisciplinary Thematic Units 4/e

 

Patricia L. Roberts and Richard D.  Kellough

 

 

 

Do you want to learn more about planning and delivering interdisciplinary thematic units (ITUs), that support, high-stakes testing?  This practical and concise guide designed for preservice and inservice teachers offers current and practical methods, guidelines, and resources for developing ITUs to use in K-12 classrooms. 

 

 

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Research—on state and interstate teacher standards, national curriculum standards, state teacher tests and the No Child Left Behind Act supporting the compatibility of ITUs with high-stakes testing
  • Quick Reference Classroom Guide—a list on the inside front cover providing easy access to classroom-friendly materials discussed in the chapter
  • INTASC, NBPTS, and Praxis II Matrix—located inside the back cover of the book, correlates the material in the book with the relevant standards and content of INTASC, NBPTS and the Praxis II test
  •  ITU View—chapter-opening classroom vignettes presenting exemplary ITUs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  These vignettes identify the appropriate grade level, theme, topic and purpose of the unit, the relevant national standards covered and the objectives, procedures, activities, assessment and evaluation for the unit. 
  • Professional Testing: Praxis Prep—chapter-ending questions designed to help pre-service teachers prepare to take the Praxis II test.  Hints for responding are found in Appendix A.  To further facilitate preparation for the Praxis test, entries in the subject index that should be reviewed have been marked with an asterisk. 
  • Teachers’ TechTalk—a feature found in every chapter exploring the use of technology in the classroom including suggested software, free materials and ideas that can be taken straight into the classroom
  • Teacher Planning and Management—classroom management suggestions and teacher planning guides found in Appendix B as well as in margin notes in Chapter 5
  • Children’s Literature Titles—an index of suggested literature to use in your own ITUs
      Related books from Merrill Education
  • A Resource Guide for Elementary School Teaching: Planning for Competence, Sixth Edition, Patricia L. Roberts, Richard D. Kellough and Kay M. Moore, ISBN 0-13-119612-X
  • A Resource Guide for Teaching K-12, Fifth Edition, Richard D. Kellough, ISBN 0-13-170543-1
  • Secondary School Teaching: A Guide to Methods and Resources, Third Edition, Richard D. Kellough and Noreen D. Kellough, ISBN 0-13-170930-5
  • Teaching and Learning in the Elementary School, Eighth Edition, John Jarolimek, Clifford D. Foster Sr., and Richard D. Kellough, ISBN 0-13-114684-X
  • Teaching in the Middle and Secondary Schools, Eighth Edition, Richard D. Kellough and Jioanna Carjuzaa, ISBN 0-13-119373-2
  • Teaching Young Adolescents: A Guide to Methods and Resources for Middle School Teaching, Fifth Edition, Richard D. Kellough and Noreen G. Kellough, ISBN 0-13-199617-7
  • Your First Year of Teaching: Guidance for Success, Fourth Edition, Richard D. Kellough, ISBN 0-13-613046-1

About the Author

Patricia L. Roberts joined the faculty of the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento where she taught courses in children's literature, reading, and language arts, and served as coordinator of a Teacher Education Center in Elementary Education and as an Associate Chair and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education. In addition, Dr. Roberts is the author and co-author of more than 20 teacher resource books and texts, including A Guide to Developing Interdisciplinary Thematic Units, 4th Edition (with R.D. Kellough). She writes for journals and is a member of the National Council of Research on the Teaching of English and other professional groups. Her current research centers on teaching curriculum content with chilren's literature and family values found in fiction for children. Dr. Roberts, an invited bigoraphee in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award  for the University of the Pacific and the California State University's Award for Merit for Teaching. The Award of Merit is given for a superior teaching record and outstanding service to the institution and to the community. Additional recognitions include listings in International Who's Who of Intellectuals, Who's Who in American Education, Two Thousand Notable American Women, The Director of Distinguished Americans, International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, and The International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement.
 
Richard D. Kellough is author and co-author of more than 40 textbooks, including A Resource Guide for Teaching K-12, Teaching Young Adolescents: A Guide to Methods and Resources, Secondary School Teaching: A Guide to Methods and Resources, and Your First Year of Teaching, as well as numerous journal articles. A member of several prominent organizations, Dr. Kellough has been elected to the Phi Sigma Society, the Botanical Society of America, the American Bryological Society, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Recognition Award from the National Biology Teachers Association, State of California. His many recognitions include being named a National Science Foundation Research Fellow at the University of California, Davis, as well as listings in the International Authors and Writers Who's Who, Leaders in the Eco Education Men of Achievement (Volume 1), Dictionary of International Biography, and Leaders in Education.
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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (December 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131755013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131755017
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Hickman on August 18, 2001
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A Guide for Developing Interdisciplinary Thematic Units by Patricia Roberts and Richard Kellough (2000) is an excellent source for lesson plan development for all educators. This book should be required reading for all teachers; I only wish that I had read it earlier in my career. As a Learning Resource Specialist, I will incorporate many of the activities into professional development units. The concept of Bloom's Taxonomy will be a point of emphasis in professional development and it will support Orange County Florida's new Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Alignment Initiative. I will rely heavily on the thematic unit structure presented in this text for my own thematic units and will also adamantly utilize the chapter on the assessment of student learning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ester Dupree on December 11, 2000
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A Guide for Developing Interdisciplinary Thematic Units by P. Roberts and R. Kellough Published by Merrill : Columbus 2000
A Review by Ester Dupree
This Thematic Guide is a very informative text. It is full of everything needed to write a successful thematic unit. The information is provided in a step-by-step format which makes it extremely easy to follow. The book also contains a format for Evaluating Lesson Plans which provide both the authors and readers of thematic units a valuable tool in assessing how well a thematic unit is written and what components are needed for it to be a successful thematic unit. There is also a Teacher and student Interaction section located in the Appendix which may be used to help teachers identify which areas of student behavior that they need to be more aware of and which areas of student behavior that they need to continue being aware of as the lessons progress. The text is a wonderful guide for teachers as they create thematic units .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah S. Kennedy on June 11, 2005
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Roberts' and Kellough's guide to thematic units is an incredible source of information for the development of any type of lesson unit, be it large or small. It has such a variety of samples, and I find that I am constantly referring to it as an aid in designing my instructional units. I keep this one right on my desktop for easy reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lycaenid on March 12, 2009
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This book does offer numerous examples of interdisciplinary thematic units a few of which mention that they might be adapted for the use in classrooms at the secondary level. As the course I am taking is designed for content area teachers who will be teaching in grades 7-12 that was very frustrating to many members of the class. Also the majority of the lessons are designed for lower level classes in that they do not address specific content areas where the ideas are more complex such chemistry, foreign language, calculus, trigonometry or physics. I would have expected a book that is meant to teach educators how to develop interdisciplinary thematic units to address these areas and the secondary level, as well as, the elementary level.
Even if I were to look at this book simply from the perspective of an elementary teacher I think I would find it poorly structured. The language is often unclear, section titles are often unrelated to the content the sections contain and far too often the same information is repeated. A blatant example of this can be found on page 25 in the section entitled "Advantages of Block Scheduling" where the entire section under "There is Mastery" is the same word for word as the last portion under the section "There is Improvement". One might write this off as an editing error if they didn't also fail to include the appropriate Example ITU in the same chapter (see page 7) and repeatedly inflate the information they do present. The writing in this book is unnecessarily convoluted and reads like a thesis paper that was fluffed up to meet a page number requirement or possibly simply like a book that wanted to be heavier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nova Student on October 2, 2004
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Two texts were required for Curriculum and Instruction-CIT 501 through Nova Southeastern Univerisity's online Master's in Education program.

Roberts, P. L. (2004). A Guide for Developing Interdisciplinary Thematic Units. Upper

Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

This text was a great resource/workbook for developing a thematic unit. The layout was very user-friendly and the information practical for immediate transfer into the classroom. It presents several levels of thematic unit implementation from individal subject areas to completely blurring the lines between all subject areas within the ITU. Exercises are provided to get you started on developing your own thematic unit, and planning masters are included in the appendix. This is a useful text for any teacher to have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Guertler on June 3, 2005
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A Guide for Developing an Interdisciplinary Thematic Unit; By Patricia L. Roberts &

Richard D. Kellough, is a very good resource in the development of a thematic unit. I felt

that the book sufficiently covered all elements in the development of thematic units. The

book gave a good introduction to idea of thematic units, and did a good job of explaining

how to initiate an ITU. I felt that the book gave good guidelines for developing objectives

and learning activities. One part of the book I really enjoyed was the assessment and

evaluating techniques for well-developed ITU. I also liked the examples of the units that

were included in the book. I believe that this book is a very valuable tool for developing

thematic units.
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