Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

DISSECT Strategy

 


 

Purpose of Strategy/Approach

 

Use the acronym mnemonic DISSECT to increase ability to decode and identify unfamiliar multisyllabic words in content area materials through this problem-solving strategy.

 

Rationale of Lesson

 

Students will compare the themes in poetry by poets (Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, William Waring Cuney, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Melvin B. Tolson, and Jean Toomer) from the Harlem Renaissance through a variety of print, non-print, electronic, and other media to develop their ability to comprehend and critically interpret the poetry’s significance from a historical and or cultural context.

 

Acknowledgment of Content Expert and Consultants

 

Pam Mayette and Dr. Mary Ellen Beatty-O’Ferrall

Materials

 

  • DISSECT slide
  • DISSECT poster (at least one)
  • copies of DISSECT that can fit on an index card
  • index cards
  • glue sticks
  • tape
  • overhead projector or computer with projector
  • tape recorders
  • English journals (optional)

Support Materials

 

DISSECT Slide

 

DISSECT Example

 

 

References and Web Resources

 

DISSECT Strategy References and Web Resources