Reflection: ELL Students A Written Response to "On the Rainy River" - Section 4: Students Write


Today’s lesson allowed students to discuss in small groups as well as with the entire class before doing the actual writing. This is absolutely beneficial for all students as discussing helps them make sense of the text. This is especially true of English Learners. Specifically, hearing classmates explain the meaning of this paradox and then having to explain it themselves in writing provides the repetition they need to continue developing their language skills. This paper is from one of my English Learners. She was able to provide a complete explanation of the quote and explain why it is a paradox. She is clearly still working on gaining control of the language, but I am sure that getting through this written assignment was easier because she had talked about it in the small group discussions and she had listened to classmates verbalize an explanation of this quote. 

  ELL Students: Discussing Before Writing
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A Written Response to "On the Rainy River"

Unit 9: The Things They Carried
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT reflect on a central idea in this chapter by analyzing it as a paradox.

Big Idea: Making sense of the paradox of going to war because you are not brave enough not to.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Reading, discussion, rhetorical device
  55 minutes
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