Ravi Grewal, Bialik College, Melbourne Australia
Students in Ravi Grewal's 12th grade English class have been reading In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'brien. After discussing the story on several occasions, Ravi is turning her attention to the topic of characterization. She wants them to understand what makes the main character, John, who he is. She also wants to prepare students to write effective essays on literary characters showing the depth of understanding and careful analysis that they will be evaluated on in their high school exit exams, the Victoria Certificate of Education. Ravi introduces students to Generate, Sort, Connect, Elaborate as a tool for both discussion of ideas and clarifying one's own understanding prior to their independent writing.