Reflection: Modeling "Flowers for Algernon" Excerpt Part 1 - Section 2: Guided Practice


I really enjoy the times where I am able to read aloud for my students. I especially value it when working with struggling readers and ELL students. I find that it eliminates much of the pressure students are feeling when they read. This lets them follow along, reading the text, as they are hearing me. They are connecting sounds and flow to the visual of each word and phrase. I find it to be extra powerful as a means of introducing a new text. I like to start a new text this way because it allows the kids to start with decreased levels of anxiety, hopefully that will carry forward as they take over the responsibility. I also find that some students continue to hear my voice in their heads when they read silently and independently, which they have shared is something that helps them with fluency. 

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"Flowers for Algernon" Excerpt Part 1

Unit 10: "Flowers For Algernon"
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: After presenting their findings about particular events on the timeline of American special education, students will read the first of a two-part excerpt from Daniel Keyes' story.

Big Idea: "Good" Things Come to Those Who Persevere, Right?

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English / Language Arts, Presentation Skills, Fictional Literature, timeline, Practice, history, notes, flowers for algernon, Daniel Keyes
  50 minutes
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