Reflection: Safety Scenes from A Separate Peace (1-110) - Section 2: Writing the Scenes

 

We all know that middle school can be brutal.  I remember it as a very disappointing and frustrating time, because social skills are the hardest skills to master.  

One of the things that I really dislike seeing in my own classroom is when kids are left out when we break into groups.  It's not that students don't sometimes deserve social consequences for their behaviors; for example, the class know-it-all or the total slacker does deserve the occasional cold shoulder.  But, to my mind, there is no good reason to exclude the same kids all the time, especially when they are nice kids who do their work.

I have tried a lot of different things.  Sometimes, I mix the groups low/middle/high.  Sometimes, I allow the alpha dogs to work together. And sometimes, I try to give the social assistance that I mentioned in this lesson:  We can choose our groups as long as no one is left out.  It's an imperfect method.  But it works, at least a little.

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Scenes from A Separate Peace (1-110)

Unit 16: A Separate Peace
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT transform a scene from the novel into a play by adding notes and stage directions.

Big Idea: Transforming literature from one genre to another allows students to sit in the author's chair.

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