Reflection: Shared Expectations A New Look at "Grass," Robert Frost, & the American Dream - Section 2: Building Knowledge


This anticipation guide will serve three main purposes.  First, it gets students instantly involved with grappling with the themes present in the novel, so when they see them there, they can more easily identify the theme.  The discussion also provides a wonderful "training ground" to discuss and debate student ideas while using the appropriate techniques for conflict resolution and disagreement, as dictated in the Common Core standards.  Finally, the process gives readers a snapshot of their feelings before reading so that they can measure the degree of change which resulted from reading and discussing the novel.  I love this part of the process, because students are often surprised that just reading a book could have such an influence on their core beliefs and principles.  During the discussion, all students will need to make at least 3 meaningful contributions to the debate in order to earn full credit for this activity.  Their participation will be tracked using ClassDojo.

If you have the access, I strongly recommend completing this activity in a digital format like Google Forms.  I've done anticipation guides for years to prepare for reading, and while it's possible, it's SO OBNOXIOUS to try to add up votes and have students raise their hands to report the appropriate Likert Scale response.  It also eats up valuable time that could be better-spent discussing their responses.  Another perk of a digital format?  The record is always on file so that students can see their change before and after reading the novel, and you can even track your classes' feelings about these themes over the course of years!  I'm a weirdo for sociological information like that, and it might even make for a richer discussion with your students some day!

  Looking for a Common Core-approved Way to Get Students Into a Text? Try an Anticipation Guide!
  Shared Expectations: Looking for a Common Core-approved Way to Get Students Into a Text? Try an Anticipation Guide!
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A New Look at "Grass," Robert Frost, & the American Dream

Unit 8: A Renewed Focus on Modernism
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT analyze two Modern poems for tone, theme, and figurative language and debate moral issues associated with The Great Gatsby using an anticipation guide as a catalyst for class discussion.

Big Idea: Want to fuel discussion in today's anticipation guide for Gatsby? Tell kids you'd refuse to marry a poor guy. Does the trick every time!

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