Reflection: Trust and Respect "The Highwayman" Close Read Day 3 - Section 1: Anticipatory Set


I think the biggest takeaway for me from this lesson, all three days of it (See Day 1 and Day 2 here), has been this process of intervention and support. Even though I made every effort to adjust and follow the timing and needs of the individual students, I cannot make them share when they are behind or feeling overwhelmed by something. I can only continue to build a culture where they trust me and their peers enough to raise their hand and say "I need help." Since I cannot force this, I have tried to come up with my next best thing. By grouping the students based on confidence, rather than skill, I allowed the students to determine their level of need so I can work to meet it. I moved the kids who felt they needed no help to the outer, back part of the room, and the students who were feeling anxiety and disenchanted to the front near the SmartBoard. The in between kids were placed as such: in between. This led to increased willingness of my struggling students to ask for help and reach out, without fear of judgment from the kids who were ahead of the game and feeling great about it.

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"The Highwayman" Close Read Day 3

Unit 2: Poetry
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: Students will complete the final remaining tasks of the close read, working collaboratively to discuss and build upon the ideas of their peers to develop an accurate interpretation of the poem, "The Highwayman".

Big Idea: When I First Read It...But Now...

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English / Language Arts, poetry (Analysis), Poetry, collaboration, speaking, close reading, The Highwayman, poetry slam
  50 minutes
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