Reflection: Checks for Understanding Close Reading: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read" - Section 2: Jigsaw Discussion of Text

 

We ended up getting to three or four questions total because a number of students were eager to share their frustration with the piece.  What was exciting for me that the criticisms were, in fact, very pointed—they addressed specific passages and language in discussing their issues with article.  They were particularly interested in noting some of the logical fallacies.  For example, the way she writes about how English teachers should not spend much time helping students connect to classic works, and then talks about how connected she was when reading Shakespeare’s King Lear.  I was also happy with the fact that they actually agreed with some of her points, particularly at the end when she discusses how modern consumerism limits people to wanting everything in black and white, rather than seeing the gray areas (although another student noted how she, in fact, seems very black and white in her determining what should be taught).   They also did a nice job of questioning, particularly noting that she never really defines what she means by “good literature.”   I am certainly looking forward to reading their letters!

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Close Reading: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read"

Unit 4: Thematic Unit: Education
Lesson 10 of 18

Objective: SWBAT analyze the rhetorical strategies used by an author and question their effectiveness by peer discussion and asking questions of the text.

 
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