Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Students Join The Debate Around Book Banning - Section 2: Adding Your Voice


A remarkable thing happened in class today, something that didn't so much make me kick myself for not thinking of it first as did it give me that warm, fuzzy, "my-students-are-amazing" teacher feeling.

As I was assigning the argument paragraph to one of my classes, and explaining the function of the analysis paragraph that I was additionally assigning, one of my students raised her hand.  "Can we do a rhetorical square instead of an analysis paragraph?" was her question.

She caught me so off-guard that I had to take a few seconds to digest what she had asked.  When I came to my senses, I gushed, "Of course you can!  That's a terrific idea!  Why didn't I think of that?"

Indeed, why didn't I?  But even better, the admirable ease and confidence with which my student made her request, owning the language, owning the skill, was definitely worth the trade-off!

  Can I Do A Rhetorical Square Instead?
  Intrinsic Motivation: Can I Do A Rhetorical Square Instead?
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Students Join The Debate Around Book Banning

Unit 9: Banned Books Week
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT develop a soundly-supported paragraph that defends their stance on the practice of book banning.

Big Idea: "We need to be really bothered once in a while" (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451)

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