Reflection: Student Ownership A Discussion Marks the End of Our Reading of “The End of Something” - Section 3: Small Group Discussions


This is the first time I do this and it seems to inspire students to participate. For instance, one group included one student who participates in discussion all the time, one who once in a while willingly participates and two who never say anything unless I, or another peer, directly asks them to speak. In the video above, you can hear a question being posed by one of the students I seldom hear from. The last student to offer an answer is one who struggles to make sense of the material I give them, but was compelled to offer an answer here. This last student seems unsure of his response and stammers a bit, but he is attempting to make sense of a detail in the story. I wish he did that more often because it really would help him develop his ability to deal with grade-level texts. Instances like these reveals to me the power of talk and makes it clear why it is a central Common Core skill.

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A Discussion Marks the End of Our Reading of “The End of Something”

Unit 5: Modernist Literature
Lesson 7 of 17

Objective: SWBAT gain deeper understanding of this modernist story by formulating questions and engaging in discussion.

Big Idea: Student-formulated questions and an academic discussion can help students gain better understanding of the text at hand.

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