Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Who Done It? Let's Play Clue and Ask Questions! - Section 4: Try It As A Group

 

Here's an explanation of two activities for the 'apply what you've learned' portion of this lesson.

I did not foresee several problems when I did this lesson. Almost all of the students in my class could identify and infer easily, but about 60% of them could not write out the plot with a 'how' and 'why' question.

I would recommend doing the scenarios together as a class if you have any concerns.  I was difficult to manage the groups with multiple stories and the kids struggled more than I anticipated.  I felt that they needed me to model more and hear more 'thinking out loud' from the teacher.  Writing a plot is something that 2nd graders struggle more with, especially when they have to answer the 'how' and 'why' questions.

That being said, if you have done other activities with story elements and your students are able to understand how the elements in a story make up the structure and how the characters change/develop as the problem unfolds, they may be ready to work in groups independently.

  Grappling with Complexity: Two choices of activities, depending on student ability
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Who Done It? Let's Play Clue and Ask Questions!

Unit 2: Introduction to 2nd grade - Literature has Story Elements
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about key details in a text to demonstrate understanding of a story and its structure.

Big Idea: Mr. Greene in the Library with the Candlestick!! Let's use story structure and questions to figure out "Who Done It?"!

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Special Education, Literature, question, story structure, story elements, 2nd Grade, character, setting, questioning strategy, illustration, problem, inference
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