Reflection: Checks for Understanding The Power of Children: Making a Difference - Section 2: Guiding the Learning


The events detailed in this story were emotionally charged for everyone involved and students may struggle to identify the feelings and concerns of some of the actors. It may not occur to them that members of the white population were afraid of change or that some police officers might have been in turmoil over what they were ordered to do. I found a great article, "Ruby Bridges Thanks Marshal Who Escorted Her To Previously All-White School," that touches on these points and that I share with students. It helps to build the expanded knowledge I’m looking for.

As an alternative to using K-W charts in the small group guided reading, you might have groups fill out a Stop-Question-Search chart, particularly if this is something new for your students. Practice with this text questioning approach in a small group can be helpful.

  Broadening understanding and providing practice
  Checks for Understanding: Broadening understanding and providing practice
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The Power of Children: Making a Difference

Unit 1: Literary Analysis: Reading for Meaning, Evidence, and Purpose
Lesson 3 of 11

Objective: SWBAT...ask questions before, during and after reading to build an understanding of character actions and motivations in The Story of Ruby Bridges

Big Idea: Active readers recognize what they don’t understand and ask questions about a text as they read.

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English / Language Arts, KWL, questioning strategy
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