Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines The Ugly Vegetables - Section 5: Describing the Setting


My students need much practice with the concept of describing. Overall, their writing was inconsistent in terms of meeting the task. Some students provided more details than others. For example, the piece DescribingTheSetting1, provides details about how the garden has lumpy vegetables, has water, worms and there is much digging, which is accurate. Yet, he was not able to explain why this setting is a good place for the story.

The piece, WhatIsTheSettinglike, is all over all the place. He does get what is the setting and understands there are Chinese vegetables, flowers, grass, worms, leaves, and pretty flowers. But he writes sentences instead of a paragraph and repeats himself, even though, I kept explaining the task. Sometimes he has difficulty following directions. He does not address why this is a good setting either.

Additionally, the piece, 2TheGardenAsASetting, provides simple details too and writes the setting is good because there is much space. It's not what I was looking for.

The last piece, DescribingTheGarden3, shows some good details in stating the garden has little green stems, vegetables, and a house around the garden. And, she does provide one good idea as to why this is a good setting.

In terms of why most of the students had a difficult time answering why this setting worked for the story, I have various thoughts. In teaching this lesson again, I would start the lesson by asking the students what it means to describe. I would review the chart on descriptive words. I am thinking framing the lesson in this way would help them to be more thoughtful with their responses.

Next, during Socratic Seminar, we did discuss why this would be a good setting for the story, but it didn't translate into their writing. I am thinking, maybe they were tired and I need to review why settings are important to stories.

Additionally, next time I would do more lessons with this story.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Describing the Setting
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The Ugly Vegetables

Unit 7: Farms
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions to understand key details about a literary text.

Big Idea: My students learn about vegetables from a different culture. Why are they called ugly when they tasty so yummy? Looks are definitely deceiving!

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