Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Exploring Theme Through Discussion - Section 1: Do Now: Reflect on Reading


You may notice that I didn't spend a lot of time reviewing the idea of theme in this do now. The questions I offered for reflection build toward it, but that's all. Perhaps you question why I didn't spend time discussing the idea of theme in more detail--it is, after all, very important in the study of literature.

I didn't feel the need to spend a lot of time on the concept of theme because we practiced the standard in our first literature unit. I know my students are familiar with my expectations when it comes to theme and, based on their earlier assessments, know they can meet those expectations. All I needed to do was take a look back in my gradebook at the standard scores to see this. Thus, today's focus is more on discussion--sharing and building deeper knowledge--than on the basic concept of theme.

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Exploring Theme Through Discussion

Unit 3: Text Structure and Language Use in Literature
Lesson 9 of 15

Objective: SWBAT effectively engage in discussion by preparing and sharing quality questions and comments about their novels.

Big Idea: We finished reading--so what? Using discussion to look for the big picture.

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