Each class can read and discuss the text separately and then collaborate virtually to generate questions they would like to ask the Elder.
One participating teacher can take responsibility for organizing a classroom visit by an Elder. The brainstormed list of questions can be consolidated and revised and then provided to the Elder in advance of the visit. Broadcast or record the presentation so that both classes can experience it. After, small groups made up of students from both classes can discuss how the Elder’s visit confirmed, challenged, and extended their thinking. As an extension into writing, students can create written summaries, capture personal responses, or write thank-you letters to the Elder.