Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Reading Narratives - Section 3: Responding to Literature


I was very impressed by how focused the students were. They were quiet for all 20 minutes. They even read longer than the time given, and I let them continue without interrupting them. I will make sure to use the library more often to offer the students a new/different learning environment, which, I think, contributed to their focus. I liked how the students were talking about what they were reading, too.

I also feel my students were engaged because they were reading books at their instructional level. This means they were able to read it independently without my help. It is important to set aside time to make sure we are gathering books our students can read on their own. Also, the students were reading books that interested them. Having a variety of books available for them helps too. It gives them a choice.

As teachers we teach more than reading skills. We also reach reading attitudes. At the end of second grade, I want to make sure my students walk away with a love of reading, and that is part of the reason I brought the students to the library and let them read.

I do want to think through how I could add more depth to this lesson. In doing this lesson again, I would ask students to hone in on more specific story elements rather than just their favorite part. For example, I might have them choose the main character in their story and describe the character in 3-4 sentences. I would have them draw quickly their character in the middle of the page and write descriptor words for the character. This graphic organizer would benefit my students in helping them organize their knowledge. Then, I would ask them to write a descriptive paragraph about their character. After, I would have my students share their learning with a partner and finally have a few share out. I think a more specific task that requires a bit more analysis would make the lesson stronger.

  Responding to Literature
  Intrinsic Motivation: Responding to Literature
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Reading Narratives

Unit 19: Relationships
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT read, illustrate, and write about a literary text.

Big Idea: Good readers explore a variety of books to widen their knowledge about a topic.

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