Reflection: Lesson Planning Theme: The All American Slurp (Day 1) - Section 2: Preview & Read Aloud


As an activator to "The All American Slurp" you many choose to ask students to consider the "unwritten rules" that govern our behavior. As an example, I mention how impolite we consider 'cutting' when waiting in line and how we have come to expect the words 'please' and 'thank you' when interacting with others. Then I ask the students to consider other, less general, rules that might apply to our families or culture and that others may not be aware of or used to. I use the example of taking off your shoes when entering someone's home. Some people would be appalled by this while others while others consider an offense to keep your shoes on inside the house. A student offers the example of being taken by surprise when a visitor to his home didn't wait for grace to be said before eating. Another student mentions that in some cultures burping is a compliment but that at his house he gets in trouble for it, especially at the table. This example sets off a flurry of responses and it seems that suddenly everyone has something to share. During the conversation, I make sure to get the students to consider what it is like on both sides of the issue: How would you feel if you broke an unwritten rule? How does it feel to observe someone behaving in a way that is different than what is expected?

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Theme: The All American Slurp (Day 1)

Unit 13: Theme: A Mini Unit
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT read and demonstrate comprehension a short story, with a special focus on making inferences about its theme.

Big Idea: The Lin family discovers that adjusting to a new country and culture can be challenging.

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