- The book offers a well-researched yet easy to follow rationale for using the Total Participation Techniques (TPT).
- A usable model for implementing the techniques. This included a quadrant visual of Participation plus Engagement as well as example, broken into times, of how a classroom teacher used the TPTs.
- Not only a description of each technique, but also an explanation of how to link the technique to higher order thinking skills.
While I read, I jotted a list of techniques to incorporate into the unit I'm writing. Engaging the middle school learner, especially in ELA, can be notoriously challenging. Thinking about my students, I can easily see how they would be drawn to these activities. Here are a few that I'm already working into lesson plan drafts:
- Chart paper splashes for mood, characterization, etc. (ELACC8RL3)
- Cut and paste rankings using dialogue. (ELACC8RL3)
- Categorizing and sorting of plot events. (ELACC8RL3)
- True/Not True Holdups for characterization (ELACC8RL3)
- QuickDraws with literary terms
Overall, I'd definitely recommend Himmele and Himmele's book for any teacher's professional library.