Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Guilty or Innocent: Did O. Henry use the correct allusions in "The Gift of the Magi" ? - Section 4: Application: Reading for Information and Collecting Evidence


Although I had intended on having students work with different groups for this lesson, I had to adjust because of the number of people that had read a particular article for homework the day before. Instead, I simply had students work with a partner to gather information for each of the articles to complete their Cornell Note-taking sheet. This worked out perfectly fine, but I would like to try it the other way the next time. Next time, instead of giving them a choice of articles (like I did), I will assign articles and make sure I have assigned them so that each person will fit neatly in 2 different groups (one that read the same article) and another that read different articles). Since the overall goal was for them to get the information from the texts and participate in the discussion, I was okay with adjusting my lesson in pursuit of the overall goal. I have learned over the years that I need to be able to make mid-course corrections for the good of the group--even at the risk of adjusting (what I thought was) a well-planned lesson.

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Guilty or Innocent: Did O. Henry use the correct allusions in "The Gift of the Magi" ?

Unit 6: Actions and Reactions
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT analyze how an author draws source material in "The Gift of the Magi" by using information from non-fiction texts to evaluate the use of allusions.

Big Idea: Students serve as judge and jury to O.Henry's use of allusions to The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon

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