Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Back On The Road With Charley - Section 1: Whole Group Reading


I think it is proving wise that we are reading thus far as a whole group, at a slow pace, with frequent check-ins and discussions.  Keeping the focus on voice/tone/mood development is helping my students recognize that they like the way Steinbeck is speaking to them, and helping them relax with and work for what he has to say.

Today I allowed my students to explore why they think Steinbeck chose to be accompanied by a dog rather than inviting another human along.  This elicited seemingly endless participation, pulling in even my strugglers with their theories.  In fact, my students' eagerness to discuss the book as we read as a whole group overruled the partner work I had planned.  No problem there, for my students were demonstrating, through their keen interest, that the book is working on them.

They love Charley, and I think it is becoming clear to them that he is in this book for that very reason: to keep them entertained, to keep them engaged, to keep them listening to what Steinbeck has to tell them.

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Back On The Road With Charley

Unit 10: Travels with Charley
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT participate in whole-group reading and discussion of Part One of Travels With Charley.

Big Idea: Steinbeck (and Charley) averts the question "Are we there yet?"

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