To begin today's lesson, I spend a few minutes running an informal question and answer session with my students. I want to make sure they remember some of the details from our last set of chapters.
Most importantly, they need to remember that Injun Joe is masquerading as the "deaf and dumb" Spaniard who has a box of gold in his "Number Two." I also ask them what exciting event occurred in chapter 28. It's fun to talk about Injun Joe sprawled out on the floor drunk and Tom almost stepping on him.
Once we have had our Q&A, I have the kids open their books to chapter 29. I play the recording, but if you're feeling particularly frisky, you can read the chapter aloud to them.
I stop the recording at the end of the chapter with these lines:
There was a lagging, anxious silence, and then all of the sudden there was an explosion of firearms and a cry.
Huck waited for no particulars. He sprang away and sped down the hill as fast as his legs could carry him.
I then ask students to set up a sheet of paper that they will turn in. I show the slide with the instructions for the quick write. It takes students 3-5 minutes to accomplish their task.
When they are done writing, I will ask them, "How were you able to make a prediction?" This should lead into a discussion where we will talk about using what we know to make a logical and reasonable inference about a text.
Then I say, "Great! Since reading the text helped you make your prediction, I would like you to find and cite two passages that led to your prediction." There are usually groans, but isn't that why we teach 7th grade? We get to harass and torture teens for fun and profit!
After most of the class is ready to move on, I begin the recording again. We listen to chapter 30 until the Welshman's son's leave to find the marauders. At that point, I stop the recording again. I ask students to write, in 2-3 sentences, what actually happened. For fun, I will ask students to raise their hand if they thought Huck was shot, the Widow was shot, a Welshman or son was shot, or if Injun Joe or his "Pard" were shot. It's fun for everyone to see the range of predictions we had in the room.
After they have explained the true events, we listen to the remainder of chapter 30.
I collect this assignment as a formative assessment. I want to make sure their quotes seem to support the predictions they've made.
If there is time in class, I will do a little sharing out. I will ask if anyone was really close to the true events and ask them to share their prediction. I will also ask if anyone was way off the mark and have that person share too!