Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Who's Lurking In The Pen Next To Wilbur? - Section 8: Literary Response


How did my students do with the literary response? They did ok. I wished for more details in their answers. For example, Chapter17: Uncle9, shows some good details. He explains how there is music being heard and the ferris wheel and more games. But he doesn't describe the games. The answers to questions 3 and 4 are very simple. In the last question, he agrees with Mr. Arable about the fair being good place to grow up since according to this student, Avery and Fern need to learn to take care of themselves.

Moving on, Chapter17: Uncle7, this students uses words as fun, excited, awesome to describe the fair and also lists ferris whee, merry-go-around, and the ice cream cone stand. I wished this student would have combined both sentences to something like this: "The fair is an exciting place because there is a ferris wheel ..." I will work with this student to develop more sophisticated sentence structures so that the depth of comprehension can be mirrored in the work. Lastly, this writer believes the fair is not a place for Avery and Fern to grow up since they may get lost and not find their parents because of the size of the fair. It is a good point, and I can tell it's a deep connection to prior knowledge for this student.

When I work with a group and I take notice of how my students are working, as on this Literary Response, I hope they are doing their best, since I need to invest some uninterrupted with my small group. And, for the most part they do a good job. In fact, Chapter17: Uncle6 shows commitment to the task. Now, he did misunderstand question 3. He answers what Avery and Fern buy instead of what he could buy with that money today. I will need to circle back with him about this issue.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Literary Response
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Who's Lurking In The Pen Next To Wilbur?

Unit 5: Charlotte's Web: A Chapter Book Study
Lesson 21 of 27

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about key details in a literary text and in an informational text.

Big Idea: Uncle, the enormous pig, is no spring chicken!

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