Reflection: Real World Applications Literature Circle Culminating Project Assignment Day - Section 3: Guided Practice


I find that students are able to learn a great deal from participating in this project, and they are also able to teach me and one another so much. They have worked to develop a relatively broad and deep, shared understanding of the novel they read together. This task requires them to take it a few steps further. They must apply what they already know and have learned in order to create this unit plan, being sure to establish and maintain as high a level of cohesiveness as they are able all the while. This is very high level thinking, with Bloom's Taxonomy or Hess' Depth of Knowledge (DOK) matrix, this project falls within the highest level, where students must analyze and apply in order to synthesize and create. This deep level is complemented by the collaborative aspects of the project. This process allows the students to practice and further hone their skills in the areas of timeliness, quality, collaboration, overcoming adversity and obstacles, and more. All of these skills can be connected to nearly any career path they may find themselves on in the future, so they are preparing for the future, often without even realizing that they're doing so. 

As I mentioned before, this also helps to develop a stronger and more accurate concept of the work that their teachers put into the units, lessons, and activities day-in and day-out to help them learn and grow. It is a project that they struggle with at times, that they resent at times, but that they are always deeply impacted by in the end. 

  Why have them take on such a task?
  Real World Applications: Why have them take on such a task?
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Literature Circle Culminating Project Assignment Day

Unit 3: Literature Circles
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: Students will be introduced to the culminating project, its components, and the overall expectations.

Big Idea: We're Doing What?!

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English / Language Arts, Literature, annotation, collaboration, literature circles, culminating project, Unit Plan, students as teachers, discussions
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