Reflection: Complex Tasks Personal Essay: Evaluating The Connection Between Method And Meaning With Mairs' Essay "On Being a Cripple" - Section 3: Writing a Response


Asking students to consider parts of a text and the impact it has on the whole is a complex, analytical task.  This student surprised me with her insightful thoughts that Mairs begins her essay in the manner she does and refers to herself as a cripple to shock the audience.   


I had a couple of students who struggled with completing the chart.  For them, I added additional textual evidence to the left hand side and gave them more modeling about the left hand side.  In one class, I pulled a group of struggling students aside and walked through the text while we did much of it together.  My non-struggling students completed 70% of the assignment independently.  My struggling students completed 50% of the assignment independently.  

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  Complex Tasks: Success for a tough standard
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Personal Essay: Evaluating The Connection Between Method And Meaning With Mairs' Essay "On Being a Cripple"

Unit 13: Reading The Soul: The Personal Essay and Poetry
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT analyze how an author's ideas are developed by completing a chart describing the meaning of particular parts of a text.

Big Idea: Does every word an author uses matter?

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