Reflection: Advanced Students Connecting with our Ancestors Through Reading and Writing - Section 1: Let's Get Started: The Power of Words


My students are finally starting to take risks and give state opinions they think may be contrary to my ideas.  They also like to point out when something I have taught them or something that I emphasize is wrong or does not seem to apply in this situation. 

Angelou calls words things.  My students say that I tell them not to use thing--to be specific. This brings the conversation to tangibility. Something specific must also be tangible.  A few students look up tangible on their phones.  It means "a thing that is perceptible by touch" according to google definitions. Most of the students agree that words cannot be held in your hand and therefore are not tangible. 

  Students don't always agree with the expert
  Advanced Students: Students don't always agree with the expert
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Connecting with our Ancestors Through Reading and Writing

Unit 2: Identity and Culture: Identifying the Central Idea and Evaluating Evidence in Informational Texts
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT produce clear and coherent writing by analyzing the connection between a community and its ancestors.

Big Idea: Where did we come from and why are we still here? Students examine how ancestors connect people to locations and migration in the Southern United States

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