Reflection: Grappling with Complexity A Process To Help Students Access "Self-Reliance", Day 1 - Section 3: Next Steps To Access the Text


I planned on getting further into breaking down this text today. We did not even get to the point where we identify the central ideas in the paragraph we were reading closely today. I know this is because students find this text extremely challenging. The language is unfamiliar and the sentence structure is complex. The lesson really slowed down when students were unable to make meaning of the first aphorism we identified. If I were to do this again, I would ask students to review the chart we created the day before sooner into this lesson so that they could have the features of Transcendentalism in mind as they read. 

  Accessing A Challenging Text
  Grappling with Complexity: Accessing A Challenging Text
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A Process To Help Students Access "Self-Reliance", Day 1

Unit 13: Transcendentalism
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT prepare to identify the central ideas in "Self-Reliance" by following a process of breaking down important elements in the text, such as specific language, figurative language and aphorisms.

Big Idea: Looking closely at every single important part of a complex text is time consuming but necessary for students to make sense of it.

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