Reflection: Perseverance An Allegorical Investigation of "The Minister's Black Veil" - Section 5: Closing


Simply put, No Red Ink has revolutionized the way I teach grammar and the expectations and accountability I can promote for my students.  I used the first subject/verb agreement practice assignment to get a general idea of what they were struggling on, and then I fine-tuned this practice assignment using areas of weakness.  This allows me to drill right down to the problem areas with my students.  Another great feature that I have discovered is the ability to see how recently skills have been practiced (even independently assigned ones!), which allows me to see if students are taking the initiative to go out and DO more practice once they realize they have a weakness.  Students that do more practice are improving by leaps and bounds.  Students that do not attempt to remediate their gaps with these basic skills are now great candidates to have conferences with to determine why they are choosing to avoid practice that is completely catered to their needs.  Parents are really enjoying the ability to have instruction immediately match their student's ability level, and students appreciate that they never run out of unique practice to test their skills.

Going forward, I am planning on using the results from this latest assignment (which I just give points for completing and correcting to 100%) to determine what areas need additional guided instruction from me.  This will integrate really well with my regular grammar instruction, as I can limit the subareas I have to teach before ever beginning with the instruction.  Students get what they need from me in a concise, speedy manner, and they have unlimited practice available 24/7.  If only everything in education could be so easy!  I am looking forward to seeing the results of our very first quiz to see how the shift of responsibility impacts the overall grades.  I'm also looking forward to our next writing assignments to see if the improved grammar instruction is evident in writing.  What a great day!

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An Allegorical Investigation of "The Minister's Black Veil"

Unit 3: Romanticism & Transcendentalism
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: SWBAT analyze "The Minister's Black Veil" in both a text-embedded metacognitive reading log and an allegorical investigation process sheet.

Big Idea: Making the leap from finding allegory in "Horton Hears a Who" to finding allegory in "The Minister's Black Veil" is easier than you'd think!

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