Reflection: Student Grouping How to find the Theme of a Short Story - Section 3: Student Learning Activity


Sometimes my group assignments are purposeful and sometimes random.  Sometimes I form heterogeneous groups and other times homogeneous.  I want to ensure that all students have opportunities to work with students most like themselves and students dissimilar in their task readiness and interest.  It is important to be sure that there are clear guidelines for group functioning and are taught prior to forming groups.  I always will model how student should work together, listen and speak with each other.

There are always a few pairs of students that have a difficult time staying focused on the task when working with a partner.  I want them to practice this cooperative activity so they can eventually create a "habit" of listening and talking on task.  I facilitate their team work with words of encouragement through constant feedback with comments such as, "I like how this team is asking questions" or " This pair is focused on the task."

  Flexible Grouping
  Student Grouping: Flexible Grouping
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How to find the Theme of a Short Story

Unit 3: Short Fiction: Back to Basics
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT determine how theme develops over the course of a narrative, shaped by specific details, and how to analyze the central theme by using a teacher designed Identifying Theme activity.

Big Idea: What is the difference between Theme and Subject when analyzing a short story ?

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English / Language Arts, Short Stories, theme, characterization
  75 minutes
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