Reflection: Student Ownership Introduction: Characters and Events - Section 5: Independent Practice


I have taught this lesson several times in the past, but this year I chose to teach it differently in light of the new CCSS.  I realized that this was my student’s first experience with cause and effect and decided to start slow before introducing them to how characters and events are related through cause and effect.  I admit, I know how important characters are to the story, however, I this is the first time I taught this lesson by introducing the characters and relating the events to them.  In the past I always jumped in with the events.  From my personal lesson reflections I realized that by focusing on what happened to the characters made the reading much more interesting and meaningful to my students.

Another point in my personal reflections: the one issue about pulling a small group to read with me is several of the more independent readers want to join us.  This tells me I will have to work on confidence in their differentiated guided reading groups.

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Introduction: Characters and Events

Unit 6: Cause and Effect
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT identify the characters and events in a literary text.

Big Idea: In this first lesson in this unit, your students will take their first steps into identifying the characters and events. Later, we'll build on this foundation with more complex tasks.

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English / Language Arts, story elements
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