Reflection: Complex Tasks “The End of Something” – Helping Students Understand This Modernist Story - Section 6: Students Work On A Chart For "The End of Something"


In retrospect, I should have spent a little more time with this chart. I gave this chart to students the last part of this period and, because the directions are straight forward, I let them work on it on their own. Later, it turned out that there was a significant leap between the expectations of this chart and the expectations of the essay prompt I gave them. In anticipation of this, students need more guidance as they work on this chart. This is especially true of the column where they explain what happened to Hortons Bay. Like these two sample charts illustrate, most gave a very brief description and it is mostly a summary of the first paragraph of the story. I needed to have them discuss and spend a bit more time making inferences based on the way Hemingway described the decline of this town. I should have expected them to write more and to be more purposeful with the language they used to describe the town. With these brief explanations, students will have a very difficult time drawing connections to Nick and Marjorie’s relationship. 

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“The End of Something” – Helping Students Understand This Modernist Story

Unit 5: Modernist Literature
Lesson 2 of 17

Objective: SWBAT make sense of this Hemingway story by annotating the text and engaging in discussion.

Big Idea: Engaging students in activities that address the inevitable question: So, what is going on in this story?

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English / Language Arts, Writing Process, Modernism, citation (Research Writing), Hemingway, discussions, questioning strategy
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