Reflection: Student Grouping Determining Theme: Right Side Interactive Notebook Activity - Section 2: Right Side Partners

 

In this lesson I let students choose their own partners, but I almost wish I had instructed them to find students at their own reading level.  In my class, all students know what Guided Reading Level they're on and sometimes I will tell them to partner with someone at their level.  The reading passage in this lesson didn't need to be matched up- it was the same for everyone, but the discussion about theme and supporting evidence could definitely have used some consideration.  My higher readers flew through the passage and could come up with the theme quickly which meant that if a higher reader was paired with a lower reader, that lower reader didn't get a chance to struggle through the task and come up with the theme on their own.  The higher reader just blurted it out.

It is important sometimes to make homogeneous groups in order for each student to get a chance to feel success by being able to contribute information rather than just being along for the ride.  Next time....

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Determining Theme: Right Side Interactive Notebook Activity

Unit 23: Fantastic Fiction: Exploring the Elements of Fiction
Lesson 9 of 16

Objective: SWBAT read a passage and decide on the theme and give supporting text evidence to justify their assertions.

Big Idea: Understanding theme is essential for deep understanding of fictional texts.

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English / Language Arts, theme (Reading Comp), Fiction (Reading), Patricia Polacco, Interactive Student Notebook
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