Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Grasshopper or Ant Point of View - Section 2: Fable Discussion and Gist:


This is a good lesson to begin teaching procedures for student led discussions. There is a need to teach some aspects that will make them successful to carry on a discussion that is respectful and productive. 

One good place to start is to begin teaching them how to agree and disagree with one another. Either way they decide to go, they need to also give a clarifying sentence. I model both talking to a student using agree and disagree and not using the words. We held a brief discussion on which sounded more respectful and not dismissing. I ask the student that I modeled the "wrong" way, and he immediately said that the way i spoke hurt his feelings and made him not want to talk anymore. I explain to students that this is very true for most of us and the vocabulary word to explain this is invalidating. Where we express that someone's idea is not important. We quickly agreed that not using agree or disagree and a clarifying statement could be hurtful, sometimes mean, and make people not want to talk. One student connected it bullying by shutting someone down in front of their friends. The word bullying has a huge affect and I was impressed that this connection was made. 

It takes some real practice and this lesson is a good place to start having them use these words to carry on their discussion about the point of view of the ant and grasshopper.

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Grasshopper or Ant Point of View

Unit 8: Comprehension Lessons
Lesson 2 of 15

Objective: SWBAT to write a short narrative from a character's point of view based on the story "The Ant and the Grasshopper.

Big Idea: To begin understanding point of view students can focus on one character and draw their ideas from a story. They will then take on that character and write on their life as an ant or grasshopper.

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English / Language Arts, Comprehension (Reading), Reading, character analysis, fables, point of view, narrative, Writing Response, The Ant and the Grasshopper
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