Reflection: Modeling Responding to Personal Turmoil: An Introduction to Night - Section 3: Elie Weizel Quote Gallery Walk


So, I wrote a sample journal entry while the students were working. I wrote it on the computer so I could project it and then shared it when we were done with our gallery walk...and then stupidly didn't save it. Sorry, reader. It's been a long week. =) 

The response was interesting. I asked students to give me feedback on if I was meeting the requirements or not. They all expressed concern that what they had written looked nothing like what they had written. I asked what was different. Many of them said that mine was longer, to which I replied they should probably think about how to add more detail to their own pieces.

They also said that I had chosen to focus on something completely different than they did. To this, I told them that each of us is going to have a different response to what we read and assured them that that is okay. I reminded them that my purpose or desire for these journals is for them to have an outlet to for personal/emotional responses to the reading, which will obviously be pretty individualized. 

I think that these interactions reminded me how important it is to model for students, especially on an assignment that has some open-endedness to it. I don't want all my students to write identical journals, but I do want them to see I think they should be doing and then to offer the chance for them engage in discourse with me about what seems fair while also to hearing from me what is expected in regards to effort and the thinking that I will be looking for when I grade. 

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Responding to Personal Turmoil: An Introduction to Night

Unit 16: Informational Texts: Analyzing the Narrative Non-fiction Style of Night
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Objective: SWBAT analyze Elie Weizel's ideas or claims by discussing and writing about key ideas and quotes from the author.

Big Idea: Today we will get to know the author of Night by looking at some of the moral dilemmas he faced as well as looking at some of the ideas he has shared publicly beyond his book.

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