Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Analyzing Poetry about Beliefs: Using FACE to Uncover the Mask (Day 1 of 2) - Section 5: Application


After reviewing my students' responses collectively and looking more closely at one student's response for today's lesson, I realize that I may be pretending that making literary judgments is a chance occurrence; however, for my students to be competent literary analysts, I must be deliberate in terms of my instructional activities that will lead to a deeper understanding of the concepts and ideas involved in gaining skills as a literary analyst.

In retrospect, my decision to choose FACE for today's lesson as opposed to WISE or W/STEAM which were student-created made me realize that though I speak of empowering students my decision to choose a teacher-centered approach to day's lesson may have been a cause of its uneven outcome.

If I truly believe my students can formulate their own ideas and opinions with some direction from the teacher when necessary, then I need to fully commit to the thoughts as well as the deeds that flow from these thoughts.

  Grappling with Complexity: Are My Students Truly Prepared to Form Literary Judgments?
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Analyzing Poetry about Beliefs: Using FACE to Uncover the Mask (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 2: Poetry Analysis
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone and determine the theme of the poem, "We Wear The Mask" by using a belief-based literary criteria, FACE.

Big Idea: Will my beliefs about masks affect my judgment? Let's see the outcome!

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