Reflection: Trust and Respect Can I meet your introduction? Writing the introduction of the explanatory essay - Section 5: Closure: Sharing our Introductions


Surprisingly during the sharing of introductions, one of my extremely shy students raised his hand to go up to the class and read his essay to the entire class. I was overwhelmed when the students cheered for him as he walked up to the board. I feel proud to be in a class where everyone is respected and feels safe enough to stand and deliver in front of the class. In fact, one of my students--a self-professed football jock not only shared his essay, but also volunteers frequently to answer questions or share out. My students are really embracing the Common Core this year (even if they don't know it) by presenting information clearly and logically so that listeners can follow (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.4) This is much different from the beginning of the year when he used to seem to melt in his seat when I asked for volunteers. I love 9th grade!

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  Trust and Respect: Surprise during Share Out
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Can I meet your introduction? Writing the introduction of the explanatory essay

Unit 4: The Search for Identity: Essay Writing
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT effectively introduce topics by observing how the teacher models writing an introduction and then writing the introductory paragraphs (including thesis statement) of their explanatory essays about "A Voice" by Pat Mora.

Big Idea: Students write a detailed intro (as if their teacher is an idiot) to introduce the explanatory essay.

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