Reflection: Flexibility Introduction to How Complex Characters Change and Develop: Modern Examples - Section 2: Building Knowledge


The Building Knowledge section of my lesson was extended for this lesson because I felt it necessary to spend more time setting the stage before reading this story by engaging students in analytical thought about themes in the story.  

Using a pop figure like Michael Jackson helped engage students in the analysis of a character which they will be asked to do when reading "The Birthmark." William Glasser, the well known physiologist, argues that effective classroom instruction needs to be competency-based and tied to students needs and interests. I find this to be true. Watching this power point brought cultural meaning to students who otherwise may have found it difficult to relate to the main character's motives.  The last slide of the Ukrainian "Anime Girl" was uncomfortable to look at. Some students said it was in the "extreme category."  I did not want my students to focus on the what changes people made to themselves as much as thinking about why people make changes to their physical bodies which we explore in the Student Learning Activity.  

  Physical Changes
  Flexibility: Physical Changes
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Introduction to How Complex Characters Change and Develop: Modern Examples

Unit 3: Short Fiction: Back to Basics
Lesson 10 of 12

Objective: SWBAT analyze how complex characters develop by viewing a teacher made power point and participating in student to student discourse in preparation for reading "The Birthmark."

Big Idea: To gain greater insight into Nathaniel Hawthorne's characters, students explore the question: "Why do people change the way they look?"

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English / Language Arts, Short Stories, theme, characterization
  75 minutes
changes in mj
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