Independent Theme Analysis: Night, Chapters 3 & 4 (2 of 2)

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Objective

SWBAT independently read a complex text and trace a theme throughout that text by creating a theme folder.

Big Idea

How does the theme of a text evolve from beginning to end?

Warm Up

5 minutes

It's Monday so today is CELEBRATION MONDAY!  On their weekly Warm Up Sheet, students will record celebrations from the weekend and whatever they are looking forward to for the upcoming week.  They also take some time to complete their to-do list.   We spend three minutes sharing our celebrations aloud.  It is a powerful moment for our class!

Student Work Time

15 minutes

We are jumping right into student work time.  On Friday, we had individual Reader's Workshop Conferences.  Today, students will be having group conferences.  Students will be working on their thematic folders from yesterday's lesson while in a group setting.  Students are tracing a theme throughout Night (RL.9-10.2) and supporting their analysis with textual evidence (RL.9-10.1).  I ask students to work collaboratively often.  The Speaking and Listening CCSS tell us that students should be able to work in a group by listening to peers' opinions while also offering their own (Sl.9-10.1).  Before we begin, I will remind students of our group work norms, which are always on our wall.  

Group Conferencing Norms:

I can respect my classmates' opinions by maintaining eye contact while they are speaking.

I can respect my classmates by offering my opinion and supporting it with evidence from the text. 

I can respect my classmates by asking questions to clarify my thinking.

 

While students are working, I will be walking around and listening to their work.  This will help me determine how well they are determining the theme of Night and supporting that theme with text evidence.  

Here is a video of students in a group conference.  

Closure

5 minutes

For closure, I will ask students to reflect on their participation in group conferences by responding the the three I Can Statement Group Conferencing Norms.  Students will write a couple sentences following each norm indicating if they feel they were successful at it today (W.9-10.10).  

 

Group Conferencing Norms:

I can respect my classmates' opinions by maintaining eye contact while they are speaking.

I can respect my classmates by offering my opinion and supporting it with evidence from the text. 

I can respect my classmates by asking questions to clarify my thinking.