Reflection: Gradual Release Characters are Grown - Section 2: Review of Concept

 

What a fantastic way to implement the skill and introduce the novel! Having the students work in ability grouped pairs worked out very well! The students read their assigned chapter and were able to mark the text for characterization.  The novel lends itself very well to character development.  The students were able to analyze the text and infer character traits based using the text.  

Once they finished their analysis, we ended up having a discussion about what they believe their character's role in this garden will be.  I posed the question "How do you think your character could change by being involved?"  Students were picking out the flaws in their characters and were able to predict how that could change.  This led us to a discussion on the plot of the story.  The students were able to predict plot, using evidence from the text and their character on how this garden may come together and turn this neighborhood around.  

One thing I would do in the future is build a little more background on the ethnicity of the characters.  The students were struggling with the fluency of the writing.  The chapters are written in the character's voice.  One character, Sae Young, is Korean.  The author captures her broken English in her speaking by writing in that format.  This did cause the students to struggle reading.  To have a discussion with the students about the diversity of the characters in the story may help set their brains up for the writing style.  After my first period class, I provided my next two classes with the background and the reading went much smoother.  

This also led to a discussion on how not being able to understand one another could cause a lot of conflict and as one student stated "loneliness."    

Overall, this was a powerful lesson.  With the addition of background information it could really drive and extend the skill. 

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Characters are Grown

Unit 2: Unit 1: Part II- Analyzing Text
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze complex text for characterization by citing the text explicitly.

Big Idea: The students will read a novel in a day to analyze for character traits!

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