Reflection: Student Ownership The Shoes Walk In - Section 4: Shoe Council


Today I was as much of a learner as any of my students.  I was struck by this notion as I listened to each of them talk about their shoes, of just how much we all stood to learn from each other's understanding of each character.  More than once today I was in awe of what a 13-year-old mind is capable.

My biggest takeaway from this project is this: trust your students.  They will go to the places you want them to go if you give them the tools to use along the way.  Witnessing their presentations today was truly a validation of the work we have done throughout the year.  

Final notes:

  • Herehere, and here is the student essay that accompanies the lead image of this lesson, which are the shoes of Atticus.  I would be doing my student a disservice if I did not include her exceptional essay.
  • Here is an image of the shoes on display at an evening arts festival that was held for parents at my school.

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The Shoes Walk In

Unit 13: To Kill A Mockingbird Part III
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: SWBAT present the shoes they have constructed for a character from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Big Idea: "Atticus was right . . . you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them." (Scout)

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