Reflection: Student Ownership Inferences from Illustrations to Determine Emotion - Section 4: Collaborative Activity


Without question, I have clearly noticed that my students' proficiency level for examining a story, not just for fun, but to also identify certain details and characteristics such as a character's emotional state, is improving markedly.  I feel that my overall approach with the students has been to give them a sense that they are on a treasure hunt in a story that is just full of exciting “clues” and information about the characters that they usually come to love anyway, and the more they look for the clues about them, the more positive their experience will be.

Feeding them these “clues” incrementally, by transitioning gradually from simple opposite words, to slightly more complex phrases, and then into illustrations has proven to be a very effective getting them started on taking a more conceptual approach to reading.  This is evidenced by some of the students who once just thumbed through a story quickly just to look at the pictures and illustrations who is now clearly pausing to see what else is in there.  That is a very good sign to me and also a very rewarding experience for my students as they discover these new treasures they have always passed right by.  This is also evidenced in the activities where several of my students were really surprised that they did in fact know the answers to the question-once they had a moment to “think” about.  In this way they took ownership of their learning.  Conceptual thinking is a critical component of Common Core.

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Inferences from Illustrations to Determine Emotion

Unit 11: Monitor and Clarify the Word Choice
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT identify word, word phrases, and illustrations in a literary text which suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Big Idea: Move beyond single word and word phrases and examine illustrations which the author uses to transmit a character's emotional state to the reader.

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