Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines “Dr. Dorian, Dr. Dorian, Paging Dr. Dorian!” - Section 5: Independent Writing


Today, my students either wrote about Mrs. Arable or Dr. Dorian. This is an important chapter. Mrs. Arable gets some good advice about her concerns for Fern and the time Fern spends at the barn.  Dr. Dorian, as the doctor and an authority figure calms Mrs. Arable's fears. I wanted to make sure my students understood this point and I was expecting to see this in this writing.

One student did write about how Mrs. Arable is very nervous about how much time Fern spends at the barn and how Mrs. Arable wishes her daughter would spend more time with other kids.

One student writes about how Dr. Dorian gives good advice to Mrs. Arable good advice but does not say why the advice is good.

Another student states that Mrs. Arable does get good advice and touches upon how Mrs. Arable changes her mind after seeing the doctor--because of the questions the doctor asks her.

I feel the students got a sense of Dr. Dorian's role. His authority and his claim that the web Charlotte spins is itself a miracle--helps Mrs. Arable calm her fears about Fern.

I feel my students' writing while simple in its analysis of Dr. Dorian's role, demonstrates understanding of the characters' emotions, which are important in understanding the characters' actions.

Lastly, in the writing piece Interesting Dr.Dorian Doesn't Act Like A Doctor, the student is most likely imposing their experience and definition of what a doctor should be doing. 

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Character Analysis Writing
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“Dr. Dorian, Dr. Dorian, Paging Dr. Dorian!”

Unit 5: Charlotte's Web: A Chapter Book Study
Lesson 18 of 27

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions to understand a character in a text by identifying key details.

Big Idea: The doctor is in; and he is ready to dispense his wisdom about the miracle of a web and soothe the concerns of a mother.

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