Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Addressing An Additional Challenge In "Self-Reliance": Complex Sentence Structure - Section 3: Discussion


In order for students to access one of the central ideas in the paragraph we worked on today, we needed this discussion on the structure of this sentence and the challenge it posed for their own personal beliefs. This particular discrepancy was unexpected. In retrospect, it makes perfect sense that in the face of a difficult sentence that makes a claim radically different from their beliefs, my students, who struggle to access complex texts, would deal with this discrepancy by rearranging the words to make it communicate something more in line with what they would expect. They sorted it out in their mind. This is how this student phrased this central idea in paragraph 3. This is another student’s phrasing of the central idea in paragraph 3.

  Grappling with Complexity: Talking About Sentence Structure
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Addressing An Additional Challenge In "Self-Reliance": Complex Sentence Structure

Unit 13: Transcendentalism
Lesson 4 of 13

Objective: SWBAT gain more independence in this process by relying on each other for help with this text through discussion.

Big Idea: Multiple forms of support are necessary to help students access a text beyond their reach.

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