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As I stated earlier in my Common Core Connection, the rewards are starting to reveal themselves for taking the incremental approach to helping my students achieve the goals of the standards RL.1.4 and L.1.6.  By teaching my students in palatable phases rather than trying to crunch them all into one or two very large lessons where my students might feel overwhelmed by too much information, my students have gotten the foundational skills they need to do more sophisticated work.  In this lesson, once again, my students were not only engaged, but they also showed they were very interested by actively participating throughout the lesson and the Collaborative Activity.  They are clearly getting more confident as the unit progresses, and, most importantly, they seem be having fun in the process.  This is hugely rewarding and a win win for everyone.

This lesson further builds upon the strategy that I feel is my most effective method for achieving the goals and standards of RL.1.4 and L.1.6, which is taking an incremental approach to my teaching my students about the emotions in a story.  My logic is to provide a diverse yet palatable amount of information in cascading steps, which my students could not only assimilate and practice freely in their collaborative activities, but most importantly that it would progressively contribute directly to their conceptual abilities to draw conclusions on their own.  This lesson continues that strategy by giving my students still another tool to utilize by adding the perspective of looking just beyond the character's emotional state in order to examine further what is going on inside the surrounding story as it pertains to the “feelings” or “mood” or emotional state of the story itself.  

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How the Events Change the Mood and Tone

Unit 11: Monitor and Clarify the Word Choice
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT identify the words, word phrases and illustrations in a literary text which show a character's emotional state and contribute to the mood of the story.

Big Idea: Move beyond looking at just the character's emotional state and begin examining the mood of the story.

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