Reflection: Gradual Release Getting to know Eliezer's Story: Theme Analysis of Night - Section 3: Whole Class Debrief


We weren't actually able to have a whole group discussion today because the students took so much time discussing with their peers. Since I was able to monitor their small group discussion, I'm not too concerned about this, though I do hope that we will be able to carve time out of a class later this week to share some ideas/reflections in a whole group setting. 

I did notice while I was listening in to the small group discussions that there was very little innovative idea sharing. I think that I might have given them too much guidance in regards to what they could/should talk about with their groups.

This is a difficult balance to strike at times. How much do you support them with scaffolding so that they are gradually released towards independent thinking and generation of discussion topics/ideas? I guess this is something I need to think about a little more. How much am I, as the teacher, okay with them talking about the book beyond the what I see to be important? Is my idea of importance more important than theirs? The only advantage I have that they don't is my multiple-readings of the text.

While I think that this discussion was useful for helping them set up some understanding of the book, which was my goal, it didn't push them to think outside the teacher-created box, which, ultimately, was a flaw in the lesson design.  

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Getting to know Eliezer's Story: Theme Analysis of Night

Unit 16: Informational Texts: Analyzing the Narrative Non-fiction Style of Night
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT analyze how an author introduces a series of events and/or themes by discussing the first two chapters of Night.

Big Idea: As we meet a young Elie Wiesel at the beginning of Night, it is important to look at both his story and how an older Wiesel sets that story up through themes and events.

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