Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Ouch! There's a Pea Under the Saddle! (Lesson 2 of 3) - Section 4: Teacher's Turn


This was a great story and version of the original Princess and the Pea, but the vernacular was 'rough'.  There is a lot of cowboy slang used with tons of idioms and figurative language. I read this aloud to the kids and we talked about how we could use the illustrations to support the text, combined with background knowledge. I was really pleased with how they handled the complexity, but it was a bit of a struggle at times.

It's worth using some harder texts in some lessons. The kids need the challenge and exposure to difficult vocabulary and language is helpful with support. (RL.2.10)  Instead of providing material only at their level, you can use read-alouds with more difficult literature and students can enjoy the higher level language and vocabulary that they need in order to grow.

As I modeled the part of the story about the farmer, we needed to return to the evidence from the text rather than relying exclusively on own schema about the farmer (RL.2.1). This is a challenge in addition to the challenging vocabulary. I felt that this text had some difficult language, which made the inferencing more challenging, but it is appropriate for higher level readers and a good challenge for at or below level readers who need support.


  Grappling with Complexity: The wording was regional and a bit difficult
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Ouch! There's a Pea Under the Saddle! (Lesson 2 of 3)

Unit 13: Inference-What Do You Already Know and How Does the Text Help You?
Lesson 5 of 16

Objective: SWBAT recount a fable from a diverse culture, inferring events and determining the theme of the story.

Big Idea: Three stories! Compare, Constrast and Infer the Ideas!

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, theme (Reading Comp), 2nd Grade, compare and contrast, fables, inference, Princess and the Pea
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