Reflection: Complex Tasks Assimilation and Culture Reading and Discussion - Section 4: Connect theme of Assimilation to Absolute True Diary and Discuss Key Text Moments


Ultimately, I feel very satisfied with the discussion that my students and I had at the end of this lesson.  The contrasts between the short story and the novel create interesting counterpoints in the ways in which the theme of assimilation is explored.  The one limitation is that the short story ended up being addressed rather briskly, since the point of using it was to elucidate the theme.  In another context, this short story could have provided the basis of a strong 1-2 day lesson in figurative language, mood, and tone, but used here as a thematic contrast and comparison, I gave it merely 1/2 of the period, which was appropriate for the purposes that I selected.  

  Reflection on Inter-textual Connections and Theme Identifying
  Complex Tasks: Reflection on Inter-textual Connections and Theme Identifying
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Assimilation and Culture Reading and Discussion

Unit 2: Metacognition and The Absolutely-True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
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Objective: SWBAT identify and explain the themes of assimilation and culture by actively reading “The Cutting of My Long Hair” in small groups and by discussing pp. 7-24 of The Absolutely-True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in class.

Big Idea: The theme of fitting in is universal and interesting to trace throughout literary texts.

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