Reflection: Checks for Understanding Every Detail Matters: The Slave Narrative - Section 3: Student Work Time


I haven't used the dialectical journal for a number of years.  It seems like such an antiquated practice that it doesn't fit with my contemporary, and I think hip, style.  However, I decided it was a good way for a student to organize his/her thinking and for me to quickly walk the room and assess learning.  I was really pleased with it today.  This example  demonstrates why I am pleased.  First, the student did a good job categorizing her details.  I didn't lead the students with how to do this.  She decided that separating the details based on the subject of those details.  Second, her responses, while somewhat shallow, do provide evidence of her thinking deeply about the text.  Her first entry shows me that she is able to access character analysis skills from a previous unit and apply them to this one.  I was pleased with the dialectical journal and will definitely use it again!

  Checks for Understanding: Is the dialectical journal still worth its weight?
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Every Detail Matters: The Slave Narrative

Unit 6: What It Means to be Human
Lesson 3 of 15

Objective: SWBAT infer what the text is saying, both implicitly and explicitly, and support their inferences with text support.

Big Idea: How does our schema influence the way we read text?

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