Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Reading Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” – Day 2 of 2 - Section 4: Whole Class Discussion


Oh, boy was it difficult for them to figure out what the “operation” was. I was tempted to feed them more information by suggesting specific lines to pay attention to, but I resisted. It is important for students to work on using textual evidence to make inferences, important to CCSS RL.11-12.1. It took two rounds of discussions to figure this out, but I decided the time spent is worth it. Although in the middle of the discussion today someone asked in frustration, “Are we ever going to know what the operation is? Don’t tell me it’s one of those stories where we never find out!” I think they ended up enjoying the process of discovering the entire story. They asked me if there are more stories like this one. 

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Reading Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” – Day 2 of 2

Unit 5: Modernist Literature
Lesson 9 of 17

Objective: SWBAT make the necessary inferences to understand Hemingway's short story by annotating the text and engaging in discussion.

Big Idea: Slowly but surely students arrive at a moment of clarity in their reading of "Hills Like White Elephants."

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English / Language Arts, Writing Process, Modernism, citation (Research Writing), Reading Strategies, discussions, questioning strategy
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