Reflection: Checks for Understanding Demonstrating the Meaning of Metaphors Using Glogster (Day 2 of 2) - Section 1: Activator


I'm glad I used this activator because from their responses I quickly realized some students still were not understanding the author's attitude towards her race.  The example of students work that I attached to this lesson illustrates the confusion this student has based not as much on the author's life but their own life.  This student was uncertain about how to answer the second question: "she wants to get paid" or "she 's proud of her achievements."  To understand my student's uncertainty required me to understand their own perspective which is that "if you do a job for the state you should get paid."

80% of the student population in my school district are eligible for fee breakfast and lunch and therefore live in poverty. I have studied the research of one of the leading experts on the effects of poverty on school aged children, Dr. Ruby Payne.  She emphasizes the point that a teacher must know how poverty effects the academic, social and emotional lives of their students to be successful in supporting their achievement in school.  She points out that with students from poverty the driving forces for decision making are survival, relationships, and entertainment.  My student understood the author was a proud woman but also understood from their own life that getting paid is about survival.  Feeling proud is a feeling that may or may not be a factor when survival is the issue being addressed.

After we discussed the question, returned to the text and put the question into context of Zora Neal Hurston's attitude towards her life, my student understood the correct answer.

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  Checks for Understanding: Author's Tone
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Demonstrating the Meaning of Metaphors Using Glogster (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 5: Short Non Fiction: How it Feels to Be Colored Me and Salvation
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: SWBAT evaluate how Hurston's use of metaphors advance her theme by identifying and demonstrating meaning of the metaphors using template.

Big Idea: Does Race Really Matter? Students analyze Hurston's thoughts on race.

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