Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Just Walk On By - Section 4: Closing and Next Steps


Students found this essay engaging and interesting. The language in this essay is quite sophisticated, but students caught enough to grasp the author's argument. I believe part of what made this text more accessible to them is the fact that they are familiar with the experience of the author. Also, many asked me for help figuring out the meaning of particular words. For the most part, these were words that, once clearly defined, could help them understand an important point, further proof that they were capturing the central points. Some even developed appreciation of his writing style as they tried to figure out what he was communicating. For example, a student asked me to define several words in the sentence, "Suffering a bout of insomnia, however, I was stalking sleep, not defenseless wayfarers." Once she understood what he meant, she said that was a "cool" way of saying that. Many students said they could definitely use it in their own essay, which they are starting to write in the next few days.

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Just Walk On By

Unit 6: Exploring Identity
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: SWBAT determine the central ideas and supporting details of another argument by annotating and discussing the text.

Big Idea: Annotating to deconstruct an argument is a skill that needs to be practiced.

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English / Language Arts, research (Writing Process), discussion, Annotating, questioning, identity, annotate
  57 minutes
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