Reflection: High Expectations Personification of Characteristics Using Mentor Texts - Section 2: Defining Craft Techniques and Using Mentor Texts


I really enjoy this project and the work students do with it. Students are able to think critically in a variety of ways, which is a great way to start the school year. They are able to analyze mentor texts, use evidence to back up their own claims, and write a new genre. The issue that arises sometimes are expectations. I have a lot of expectations for this project and sometimes criticism comes up as there is a lot demanded on the students. The main issue seems to be that it is too early in the school year. Some feel that students need to be eased into this work. I disagree.

When expectations are set high from the beginning of the school year, students will rise to the occasion. The expectations demanded in this project, and in this lesson, is not just the amount of work but also the type of thinking students are doing. I can ease them into this and sure that may be easier for them but having high expectations forces them to rise to the challenge. They also feel a sense of accomplishment when they do so, which sets them off on a good start for the rest of the year.

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Personification of Characteristics Using Mentor Texts

Unit 12: Summer Reading Assessment
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT use mentor texts to determine craft techniques in summer reading texts.

Big Idea: Individuality walks on the wrong side of the street: Using mentor texts to write personification pieces.

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