Reflection: Lesson Planning Close Reading: James Baldwin Talks to Teachers Day 2 - Section 2: Close Reading James Baldwin


Students were much more focused today—I think the message got to them last Friday that they had to take the time to engage with these complex texts.  We ended up spending a lot of time with organization—analyzing how Baldwin first gains trust with the audience through humility, then becoming quite demanding, and even a bit adversarial, through his use of second person pronouns.  The students all had answers to the questions today, though I frequently had to ask more questions to lead them to deeper thinking.  Clearly this text, and the questions, were more of a challenge than previous readings.  I wonder if it was solely the language, or also the context, since this was about the African American education experience in an urban setting, a context my students know little about, having grown up in a rural and pre-dominantly white community.

I also realized that I gave them too many questions to answer with one text.  Most of the questions were a bit of a challenge due to the complexity of the text itself; in the future I have to limit the number of questions I ask them to answer.  I will emphasize quality over quantity.

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Close Reading: James Baldwin Talks to Teachers Day 2

Unit 4: Thematic Unit: Education
Lesson 13 of 18

Objective: SWBAT determine the central ideas of a text and cite strong evidence by completing a series of close reading analysis questions regarding James Baldwin's "A Talk with Teachers."

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