Reflection: Complex Tasks Cause and Effect With "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears" Day Two - Section 2: Reading and Discussing the Story and Recording On Our Mult-Flow Map


One of the reasons why I picked this book to work on is because I knew it would get my students working with complex text.  I didn't realize until we were in the middle of this lesson was how much of a challenge this would be for my class, though. One of my strengths as a teacher is to be able to see what my students are doing in the middle of the lesson, and then adjust my teaching based on that.  I saw that my students couldn't hold the entire page of text in their working memory and be able to discuss it with their partner.  My students were wracking their brains trying to remember all the effects on the page. You may find that this happens with your students, too, depending on where they are in their comprehension skills.

I saw my students struggling, and, before they became too frustrated, I would go back and reread the page, just as I had yesterday.  My students were STILL having problems, so what I did was break the text down even further.  I would read just enough text to show the effect.  Then I would have partners discuss first, and then a class discussion.  Finally, we would record the effect on the multi-flow map before moving on to the next effect. If your class has problems with the story, you should scaffold by rereading the page to them.  If they're like my class, you can scaffold again and read small portions of the text so your students will be able to state the effects in the order that they happen in the story. I have a video of my scaffolding in the video here When Our Class Gets Stuck - Day Two Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears.mp4.

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Cause and Effect With "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears" Day Two

Unit 8: Cause and Effect With "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears"
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT recognize, define and write the cause and effect relationships in the second part of the story.

Big Idea: Today we will continue to analyze our story and discuss that the interactions of the characters in the story is what causes the events in the story to take place.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, folklore (Fictional Lit), Reading Comprehension, cause and effect
  45 minutes
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