Reflection: Student Ownership THE CANTERBURY TALES: Wife of Bath Day 4 of 4 - Section 3: Small-Group Discussion: Wife of Bath - Feminist, Control Freak, or ???


As a teacher, at times I feel guilty about not spending enough individual time with students to check their understanding. Since I teach Seniors, I like to have them engage in small-group discussion so that they can get individual time to voice their opinions and clarify possible misunderstandings about a text with a safe, small-group setting with their peers, where they are more likely to take risks. I normally circulate and monitor group progress; however, when initially implementing this lesson, we did not have a chance to debrief as a class.

In my last class of the day, after the small-group discussion, we set up in seminar form to debrief.  I had a student videotape part of this discussion, but the students were a bit shy to admit their true feelings about the Wife of Bath on camera.  You will see a small-bit of the debriefing, but the real magic happened after the camera went off (doesn't it always...)

I was able to hear from all students in this setting, checking their understanding.  They were also asking one another prompting questions to cause their classmates to defend their opinions.  I will implement the seminar format again.

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THE CANTERBURY TALES: Wife of Bath Day 4 of 4

Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate understanding of the Wife of Bath through writing, small-group collaboration, and discussion.

Big Idea: “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” ― E.E. Cummings

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English / Language Arts, Medieval Period, Geoffrey Chaucer, archetype, formative assessment, Complex Tasks, Culture for Learning
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