Reflection: Adjustments to Practice A Wise Man Once Said: Analyzing and Writing Aphorisms - Section 2: Understanding Aphorisms: Analysis of Language


My sub's report noted that many of the students appeared to complete the project in class today. As many of the students were able to complete their assignment quicker than I anticipated, we will adjust the schedule and provide students an opportunity to begin working on pre-writing their research paper tomorrow in class. 

Later, I would find out that appeared students were able to complete the assignment more quickly than anticipated because they mimicked the format of the mode aphorisms and only changed one or two words to apply to their interests. Rather than explain thoroughly, students would paraphrase their own aphorisms and consider it "done." These students were given the assignment back, and asked to develop their own aphorisms and elaborate on their explanations to a full paragraph. 

In the future, I will provide more specific directions, as well as (hopefully) being present to provide clarification if needed.

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A Wise Man Once Said: Analyzing and Writing Aphorisms

Unit 3: Literacy: Rhetorical Devices and Revolutionary Thinking of the Enligtenment
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: SWBAT write with a clear style, purpose, and audience by composing an aphorism providing instruction or insight.

Big Idea: What exactly does stitch in time save nine of? Students will explore Benjamin Franklin's aphorisms and compose their own insightful, instructive phrase.

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