Reflection: Performance Tasks A Nature Walk to Wrap Up the Transcendentalist Unit - Section 3: Taking A Walk Outdoors To Write


To wrap up a unit, I like to come up with a more open-ended assignment. It gives students the freedom to express themselves in whatever way they want. It’s a nice change of pace from the formal academic writing assignments that are the focus of my curriculum. It is another attempt at adding a range of tasks and purposes called for by the Common Core.

The writing students produced made for very enjoyable reading. They were all making an attempt to do what I asked them to do, which is to think about what the natural elements in our environment, or lack of, tell us about our lives. These writing pieces were completed in a short period of time and can definitely be developed further, but I appreciated the glimpse in their thinking process and what they chose to pay attention to, expecially the student who decided to write about old gum!

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A Nature Walk to Wrap Up the Transcendentalist Unit

Unit 13: Transcendentalism
Lesson 12 of 13

Objective: SWBAT gain insight into an author's point of view by imitating him.

Big Idea: A nature walk in Los Angeles? We get creative with our definition of nature as we spend some time reflecting on the natural elements in the immediate surrounding.

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