Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Analyzing The Author's Craft - Section 2: Introducing the Objective and Guided Practice


I didn't actually teach the lesson in this manner when I taught it the first time.  When I first taught this lesson, I taught my students using a very formulaic way to find the main idea. I am the writer of the text packet and I set the lesson up where the main idea was either the first or last sentence in the section.  Working with a coach on this Master Teacher Project has really helped me to be a better lesson writer.  When I submitted my lesson she said, " What would happen if you taught your students in this formulaic way and then they experienced a text where the main idea wasn't the first or last sentence in the paragraph? Would students understand the underlying idea of what a main idea really is and be able to find it without help?"   Whoa! Big eye opener for me! I decided I needed to teach this in a way that would help students understand what a main idea is, even when the main idea wasn't the first sentence in a section or paragraph.  The way I have written this section now is how I will teach it from now on.  Then, in future years when they may experience a text where the main idea may be in the middle of the section or paragraph, they can think about the characteristics of what a main idea is and then be able to find it regardless of where it may be in the text.

  Adjusting the Way I Teach This Concept
  Adjustments to Practice: Adjusting the Way I Teach This Concept
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Analyzing The Author's Craft

Unit 4: Analyzing Author's Craft and Expository Writing on Crabs
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT analyze and record how the author structures a story so they can use that same structure when they write expository text.

Big Idea: If I know what an author does to structure a good piece of writing, than I can do it too!

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