Reflection: Advanced Students Scrambled Poem: To One in Paradise - Section 3: Working in Partners


One of my goals as a teacher is to do more differentiation in the classroom.  Most of the time, when teachers talk about differentiation, they mean "teacher planned" differentiation.  However, another way to handle differentiation is to present a task or skill and allow students the freedom to take the task or skill as far as they can.  This only works when you have students who are willing to work deeper, think harder, and challenge themselves (so that can be challenge,) but -- then again -- differentiation is, in part, to address the needs of those learners anyway.  

It's more difficult to differentiate in an English classroom than in other subject areas.  In math, you can teach something like fractions at multiple levels, ranging from concrete to abstract.  In secondary English, most of the meaningful work is already abstract, so differentiation is more about putting the right piece of literature or analysis activity into the right hands.

This activity doesn't challenge students who avoid challenges.  However, I do think there is something to be said for teasing out that self-motivation.

  Differentiation driven by student choices
  Advanced Students: Differentiation driven by student choices
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Scrambled Poem: To One in Paradise

Unit 6: Unlocking Mood and Other Elements of Horror
Lesson 14 of 18

Objective: SWBAT construct a poem in the style of Edgar Allan Poe, using the words from one of his own creations

Big Idea: A day of deconstructed poetry...who says that word nerds don't know how to have a good time?

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