Reflection: Student Ownership Assessment Day - Section 1: Journal


Today's journal prompt broke my heart, inspired me, made me bang my head against the wall, and more.  We'd talked about Mrs. English's imagination class from the short story "Zebra" and how each of the stories the students told were metaphors for something in their lives.  Today's journal asked students to do the same thing--tell their metaphoric imagination class story.  One boy told a story about kitten and pony who wanted everyone to have citizenship. One girl told about a girl who wanted friends, but was too shy and had to struggle to learn to be okay with herself.  Another girl told of a girl, herself, who fell into a fire.  A girl told about a girl who lives in the city, but really wants to be on the rez and learn the Hopi language.  A boy told a story of a space explorer traveling through a wormhole. A girl told of the math monster that haunts her. 


The stories were all beautiful and heart-breaking, because they showed each student's personality, hopes, dreams, and fears.   I had a hard time choosing which ones to photograph. We're supposed to turn in student writing samples to our principal every two weeks.  We're supposed to choose one boy and one girl.  I copied all of the ones that I photographed here to turn in because I couldn't choose and I wanted to share these stories with everyone who would listen, and quite frankly, some people who don't care.


This journal idea, if I do so say myself, was genius. It allowed students a chance to personally connect with the story and show their understanding of the story's theme.  They truly did take ownership of the theme and applied it to their own lives.


I need to go now.  I need to sit in a cozy chair while I have a cry for my students and think about my own imagination class story.  We've all got one, the question is whether we have a safe place to share our own imagination class story.


Seriously.  Best journal prompt ever.

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Assessment Day

Unit 4: Analyzing Literature in Socratic Circles with Chaim Potuk’s “Zebra”
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to analyze poems for figurative language and a short story for characterization and motives by taking a test.

Big Idea: Students take a test to prove they know what they say they know.

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