Reflection: Lesson Planning Focus on Theme - Section 4: Whole Group Sharing


I have learned that when my assignments require both group work and a product for presentation, my students are seldom able to complete them within one class session.  I have also learned, however, that an over-planned teacher is a happy teacher, for students with nothing to do makes for often unpleasant circumstances. 

Plus, there is almost always a tomorrow in the classroom.  When my students are genuinely engaged in an assignment, which may slow down a lesson's progression, I firmly believe in providing them time to explore an assignment to its potential.  Rushing them encourages poor production, and even a potential loss of faith in the assignment.  

In today's lesson, I noticed overall commitment to the process of identifying and soundly supporting a theme in chapter four, as well as a dedication to creating a visual product for which my students could be proud.  Thus, the presentation portion had to be pushed into the following class session.

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Focus on Theme

Unit 8: Of Mice and Men Part II
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT analyze the events of chapter four in Of Mice and Men to determine what themes are most evident.

Big Idea: Loneliness may be most obvious, but what else will students discover in chapter four?

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