Print, Past and Present
6th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about print.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about the history of print and what it is used for.
• Explore and apply the concept of the historical development of different printing devices and techniques and the presence of print in today's world.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between print and language.
• Orally use words that name the various elements, devices and methods of peinting.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about the various ways print may be used to communicate.
• Use key concept words [print, chisel, tablets, papyrus, parchment, printing press, printing block, movable type, cast, copy, typewriter, keyboard].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about print, past and present:
• What exactly is considered print.
• How did print originate.
• The difference between print and other forms of language and communication.
• How print affects our world.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What is print? (written language that is written on paper or other types of material by machines).
• Ask students: What are some machines used for printing? (printing presses, computer printers, typewriters, etc.)
• Say: Print is a method that was developed to record history. By writing everything down, people could conduct business, and also record events. Before ink and paper were developed what sort of things did people use to write written messages? (ash, cave walls, chisels, stone tablets, etc.)
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next five slides showing them a series of items. Always have the student identify which part of the item displays print and have them guess how this type of print was created.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students which printing devices they have used personally, if any. After the second game, encourage them to talk about what they printed and how the printing device made this job easier.
Close• Ask students: How would our lives be different if we lived in a world without print?
• Summarize for students that print makes it possible to record things. Print also makes it possible for us to share our ideas with others through things such as books and magazines. Encourage students to look around the room and make a list of all the things we wouldn't have if it weren't for print.