Flashback and Foreshadowing - Lesson 3 of Cinder Book Two

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SWBAT demonstrate an understanding of flashback and foreshadowing with textual examples from Cinder.

Big Idea

Flashback and foreshadowing, a treasure chest of inferential meaning. Can you unlock it?

Warm Up

5 minutes

Today is Free Read Friday.  Students will read their personal library books for the first 15 minutes of class.


15 minutes

Like many other literary terms and techniques, I always review flashback and foreshadowing with my students. I want to be sure my students have a solid handle on the concept then elevate their understanding by having them work with text instead of in isolation.

To review flashback I allow my students to view the video below.  Then, I ask them to descirbe what happened to Rapunzel in the scene.  I rewind the clip to the point where the flashback happens and discuss how the audience is transported back in time with her.  Finally, I discuss with students that often when a flashback happens the text will appear differently (in italics for example) and will have students turn to an example of flashback from section one of the book to study as an example.



Foreshadowing is something my students struggle with.  Several think that if a character says what they plan to do the next day that they have located foreshadowing.  I teach them that it is implied and is more of a feeling than anything else.  The video below is a treasure.  I was ecstatic the first time I viewed it and showed a class.  It blows my students away, but more so it drives home the foreshadowing concept.  After viewing, they can't stop identifying the foreshadowing and asking to watch again.

 Their reading circle sheets require them to identify both of these as they find examples within the text; however, today I will ask them to use a website to keep a back channel discussion about any possible flashback or foreshadowing while they read. Today's Meet is a free site that allows me to set up a "room" for my students to use for silent -"back channel" discussion during reading in class or even while at home.  I use Today's Meet for different purposes during the year, but love having students use it during class for a silent side conversation during reading.  It's always fun to give them something to look for and let them run with it.  They will not only share and discuss with their classmate, but they will call one another out on wrong information.  I love it when they teach one another! 

Independent Work

30 minutes

Students will listen to the audio -picking up where we left in the last class - and follow in their books. As they do they will be very involved in the text, actively reading per the instructions on the Reading Circle sheets and making note of any flashback or foreshadowing in their backchannel discussion on Today's Meet.

I will allow the class to read until the last five minutes of class time and record their stopping point.

Wrap Up

5 minutes

Wrap up time is spent allowing students to "debrief" independently - collecting their post its and/or completing their thoughts on their Reading Circle sheets. We always discuss questions or concerns before class is dismissed.