Reflection: Complex Tasks Cause and Effect With "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears" Day Three - Section 2: Reading and Discussing the Story and Recording On Our Mult-Flow Map

 

Just as I had the last two days, you can see by the video that my students were struggling.  You even hear one of my students say, "It's hard!" I've said before that I am a teacher that has a strength of thinking on her feet.  I had noticed something right there in the moment that I hadn't seen in planning for the lesson.  What I had noticed is that the author had structured the story in such a way in the middle part of the story that there was a recognizable pattern that the students could recognize.  If I clued the students in to the structure of the story, they would be able to retell the cause and effects more easily. 

I said, "Let's talk about how the author structured the story.  There is a pattern in the story that I think we can find if we listen carefully." I went back and read the pages where King Lion summoned the crow, rabbit, and python.   After reading I said, "I want you to talk to your partner and see if you can find the pattern on these pages." After a long class discussion we came up with:

  • *The animal that is summoned blames another animal
  • *The animal explains the reason for their actions
  • *King Lion announced the new culprit to the council of animals

Once the students understood the pattern, they were able to understand the story better.  The discussion wasn't perfect but once they knew what the pattern was, they knew what kinds of details they were looking to discuss with their partner. You can see this scaffolding in action here Realizing the Need to Scaffold - Day 3 Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears.mp4 .

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Cause and Effect With "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears" Day Three

Unit 8: Cause and Effect With "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears"
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT recognize, define and write the cause and effect relationships in the third part of the story.

Big Idea: Today we are analyzing the third part of the story and students will understand that the way the characters interact in the story is what determines the events in the story.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, folklore (Fictional Lit), Reading Comprehension, cause and effect
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