Reflection: Performance Tasks Putting It All Together: Planning the Poster - Section 2: Pick Your Book


Normally, I give my students all sorts of choices to increase engagement and buy in for whatever we're working on.  In this case, I still allowed for free choice, but I did keep my eye on my lower readers.  I wanted to make sure they chose books they would be able to a.) finish and b.) comprehend.  I would discourage some of my lower readers from choosing Pink and Say, for example.  Since my students are very aware of their reading level and in choosing just right books, none of them chose way out of their range, but for kiddos who may not be so self aware, it's something to keep an eye out for.

The crux of this assignment is can the students identify the elements of fiction in their book of choice.  The book being below grade level doesn't impact what I'm trying to assess.  If a student is below grade level then I already know that and already have interventions in place to address it.  Always keep in mind what you're trying to assess and don't let reading level get in the way if at all possible.  

  Reflection: Allowing Book Choice
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Putting It All Together: Planning the Poster

Unit 23: Fantastic Fiction: Exploring the Elements of Fiction
Lesson 14 of 16

Objective: SWBAT independently read a fictional text, analyze the elements of fiction contained within it and present the information to their peers.

Big Idea: A deep understanding of and the ability to discuss the fictional elements contained within a text is paramount to the understanding of all fictional texts.

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English / Language Arts, Fiction (Reading), Patricia Polacco, elements of fiction
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