Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Their Native Tongue Day 1 of 3 - Section 3: Debriefing how text features help us


This is one of those lessons that I think, "If I only could do this lesson again, I would do it differently!"

Well, how would I teach it differently?

For starters, I would use it later on in the year. At this point of the year, my students need too much scaffolding. I would still use the text dependent questions because it they do ask them to go back into the text and regardless whether it is early on or later on in the year, my students would benefit from the practice.

This turned out to be an oral language lesson. With the CCSS in place, we need to think about how to integrate the writing. Students need to write daily.

My students had a very difficult time answering how the text features helped them to make meaning. I think it is because the article was too abstract. So in making this article more concrete for them, I would show a video after the discussion. I found a great video on the school the article is about. It is 4 minutes long. I would show two minutes of today.

Here is the link:

Here is the video:

This is a great video because the students get hear the Kanien'keha:ha language. There are subtitles so no worries about understanding what is going on. The video is narrated by a 7th grader and then later her dad. I would let the video run for 2 minutes. At the end, I would create a chart of the key details. I would ask the students the key details.

Afterwards, I would have the students write in their journals, what they learned about the students at the Ahkwesashne Freedom School. In this way, I would integrate the writing and get a glimpse of their conceptual understanding and for my second language learners this video would bring the article to life.

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Their Native Tongue Day 1 of 3

Unit 21: Their Native Tongue
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions to understand an article.

Big Idea: The language of the Mohawk Indians lives on at the Akwesasne Freedom School in New York. Come learn how the school keeps it alive.

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