Reflection: ELL Students Introduction to Novels - Section 2: Do Now: What Type of Reader Are You?


The last time I taught this lesson, I thought I would be all official and use a "real" reading test (It was run through a popular book store but was accurate).

Talk about a backfire.

Some students tested low--very low--and the ensuing whines were not productive or motivating.

"I only read a third grade level--how do you expect me to read this book?"

Not good.

I mean, it's true that some of my students read at elementary levels. This is the unfortunate reality of teaching. The problem was the slap in the face those students received when they did the test right in class--when they had to face their own struggles side by side with their peers.

Not good.

I will never again use a grade-level reading test in class; I'll settle with self reflection. Tests which deliver levels can wait for one-on-one situations when I'm concerned about a student's progress.

  Using a Real Reading Test
  ELL Students: Using a Real Reading Test
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Introduction to Novels

Unit 2: Finding Themes and Making Inferences in Literature
Lesson 1 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to analyze character by taking notes on a student improvisation activity.

Big Idea: Welcoming Huck, Jim, Antonia, Richie, and Peewee to tea--meeting the main characters of literature circle choices.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, My Antonia, fallen angels, Huckleberry Finn, character tea party, character introduction, Novel Introduction, novel
  45 minutes
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