Reflection: High Expectations Literature Circle Reading Day: Chapters 12-16 - Section 2: Independent Reading: Chapters 12-16


With today being an independent work day before a break, focus begin to slip as class went on (see the Gallery Walk video, below for the noise level), but impressively, the majority of conversations were about the novel, the literature circle roles, and the creative projects, especially. Providing the quote for focus provided some of these discussions, as students showed developing understanding about the theme of prejudice. By providing students with these samples, I was able to model the high expectations I have for their projects, and hopefully motivate students to take ownership of the material in order to exceed what they see here.

Had the students been more focused, I would have asked them to complete an exit ticket either reacting to how Scout deals with prejudice, or reacting to their own experiences with prejudice. Not only would this have provided me with a glimpse into student understanding, but it would have given them an opportunity to grapple with a complex topic, and provided a "draft" for a text-to-self or text-to-world comparison to use in their Connector literature circle role assignments.

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Literature Circle Reading Day: Chapters 12-16

Unit 14: Literacy: "To Kill A Mockingbird" Collaborative Study
Lesson 7 of 15

Objective: SWBAT analyze the development of the theme of prejudice in "To Kill a Mockingbird" through independent reading and individual literature circle assignments.

Big Idea: "Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible." - Maya Angelou

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