Reflection: High Expectations Tell a Story Day 1 of 3 - Section 5: Response to Literature


In planning my lessons I always keep in mind that I am teaching second language learners. Now just because they are second language learners does not mean they cannot be involved in rigorous tasks. It just means I need to provide certain language scaffolds for them to be successful with the task at hand.

I felt the lesson was long, and I noticed that some of my students were tired. I notice their slumping bodies and their dazed eyes by the time we got to the response journal. Most of the students provided good evidence, though. To make the lesson a bit more manageable, I may try to cut the story into even smaller chunks or reduce the number of text dependent questions I ask the next time I teach the lesson.

Here are my thoughts on particular pieces of student work:

  • Sample 10 gives evidence about how David is experiencing his first day at school. The student provides the page number and details from the text.
  • Sample 12 shows that the student was able to hone in on who drives David to school.
  • Sample9 captures the obstacle that David needs to confront in not liking lizards.

In reflecting on the prompt I gave students, I think I may be able to ask students to think deeper about details about the main character next time. For example, I could have asked to describe the family relationships, and, in doing so, students could have connected the story back to the theme of relationships, which, as you can see in the opening lesson for this unit, is the theme we are working on.

  High Expectations: Reflecting on their Reading Response
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Tell a Story Day 1 of 3

Unit 19: Relationships
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about key details about the main character in a literary text.

Big Idea: Who is David? Why is his sister asking him to read a book about lizards? David hates lizards! Come meet David.

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