TEACHER ENRICHMENT INITIATIVES

Activity 2C: An Editor’s Eye and an Empathetic Heart A Diabetes

Using guided dialectic and paired reading strategies, the fictional story, “Manage Me,” provides teachers with a non-threatening way to introduce the complex and sensitive health issues that envelope a diagnosis of diabetes. The activity allows students to use the story to examine the emotional and social impact of diabetes. Using the non-fictional (“Drawing Out Diabetes”), students will analyze the accuracy of the diabetes information and health content portrayed. Thus, the activity is divided into two parts – the first part dealing with the effective learning domain (emotional and social growth) and the second with the cognitive domain (health content). 
Objectives: 
  • Complete “dialectic” responses to the fictional account, “Manage Me”
  • Compare and contrast fictional (“Manage Me”) and factual accounts (“Drawing Out Diabetes”) of the health issues related to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes (diabetes risk factors, disease onset and symptoms, disease management, related health compromises)
  • Construct a graphic organizer to illustrate the similarities and differences between the fictional (“Manage Me”) and factual (“Drawing Out Diabetes”) accounts of health issues related to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Read a variety of text formats
  • Read selected materials for understanding
  • Participate in class discussion about diabetes and demonstrate active listening
  • Investigate the emotional, social, and physical impact that the diagnosis and management of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes has on the lives of fictional characters in the story, “Manage Me”
  • Consider the benefits of “shared experiences” and “group dynamics” in understanding health information and applying that information to improve one’s “health behavior”
  • Consider how some feelings, such as isolation, fear, and anger, can be shared and understood even if the circumstances resulting in these feelings are different 
Keywords: 

Diabetes, dialectic, paired reading, graphic organizer

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Activity Code: 
2C
Unit Reference: 
Bittersweet: Diabetes
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 2: Compare and Contrast Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes