Reflection: Complex Tasks Pros and Cons with Columbus - Section 1: Memory Minutes


Common Core rigor wants students to draw information from the text and use it to support their thinking. It is great students remember so much, but getting them to use the book and the search for supporting details is tricky. 

My students did not want to use their book. They have become used to pulling facts from their head and the need to look back feels wring to them. For one student, he said that looking back makes it look like you don't know. I had to explain that by using the book, you look even smarter because you go back and prove what you thought or give support to your answer. If you are wrong, you can use what you find to change your answer. 

I think it's important that students understand that we can not possibly remember everything. I tell them that I have to look back all the time to some type of text to help me do my job better. It was apparent that I need to model this more as I teach so they become more comfortable using it as a strategy. 

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Pros and Cons with Columbus

Unit 2: Columbus: Biography Discovery
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT generate a list of the pros and cons of two jobs through Columbus' point of view.

Big Idea: Before setting sail, students can connect to the character and build their skill on comparing and contrasting. Pretending to be Columbus helps students draw connections and work with point of view.

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