Reflection: Lesson Planning Introducing Travels With Charley - Section 3: Whole Group Sharing


 . . . to get my students to produce analysis-worthy pieces of writing in the short amount of time they had to write.  This is not the first time that I have asked them to focus on these features in each other's writing, but today it felt like I was forcing (and rushing) it at times.

Which doesn't necessary mean I shouldn't have tried, but perhaps the next time I teach this lesson, I will allow more time for the careful development of voice, tone, and mood, and subsequent analysis by my students, rather than treating the task like a quickwrite, and then hoping for brilliant results.  In my determination to progress to Steinbeck's introduction in a timely manner, I may have overlooked an opportunity to reinforce quality writing to the extent that I should have.

That said, however, I am still impressed with what some of my students were able to write, as evidence by "My Journey To Heaven."  Maybe I should give them a little more credit?

As I've said before, we are all works in progress, especially me.  Accepting this is one of the best things I've ever done as a teacher!

  Lesson Planning: It was a little harder than I thought . . .
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Introducing Travels With Charley

Unit 10: Travels with Charley
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT read and analyze the introduction of Travels With Charley, determining Steinbeck's voice and tone as a writer of non-fiction.

Big Idea: Students meet Steinbeck "unplugged" and decide if they like what they hear.

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