The Insider as an Instructional Tool – October 2020

Combine the experience of world class videography of musher interviews, dogs, race footage, compilations, checkpoint action, dogs, pre and post musher interviews, veterinarians, dogs, wilderness vistas, and did I say dogs? Each month this article will have a standards based lesson idea connected to one of the Insider video clips.

There will be ideas for all ages and areas, so check for it each month.


In this video segment, veterinarian musher Jessica Klejka, from Bethel, Alaska, shares her story  about how her career was influenced by mushing and the science she applies to give her  sled dogs a happy, healthy life.


“Jessica Klejka Isn’t Just a Musher August 20, 2020”


Common Core Standards:  

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and format (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.4 Present claims and findings sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.5 Include multi-media components (e.g., graphics, image, music, and sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

Lesson suggestion:  

Use the video and graphic organizers for students to identify the central idea and details of her message.  It could be shared over ZOOM. They could then create a presentation that states the central idea and then supports that with details from the text.  You could add requirements for pictures, writing requirements, or anything you’d like.

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