Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Dogs and Haikus-What's the Plot? - Section 6: Extend Your Learning


When I'm teaching, I think I sometimes forget to state the obvious and my kids surprise me with a question about what I thought they would know!

I'm sure I explained that the Haiku was 3 lines of syllables (5-7-5), but I was surprised when one of my kids asked me if a Haiku must have 3 lines. This makes me rethink the explanation - maybe I need to emphasize that more clearly and use examples from the book to state what I thought was obvious.

As teachers, we infer so many things that have to be explicitly taught to the kids. That's why I like to have an 'extend your learning' part of the lesson. It let's me see what kids understand and what they need more clarification on when they go beyond the structured lesson. Consider doing this in your lessons. It could be a extra sentence that the kids write as a 'pass out of class', a picture that they draw or an extra Haiku that they write. See what they can do and use it as a formative assessment of what they know and what needs more instruction.


  Student Led Inquiry: explaining what I thought was obvious
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Dogs and Haikus-What's the Plot?

Unit 14: Poetry-Rhythm, Rhyme, Repeated Words-Let's Look at Different Kinds of Poetry
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT will use information gained from illustrations and words in print to demonstrate understanding of the characters and plot.

Big Idea: The poetic text and pictures show us the plot!

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, Poetry, 2nd Grade, rhythm, haiku, plot, story elements, syllables
  55 minutes
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