Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Close Read: Casey at the Bat - Key Ideas and Details - Section 3: First Read - Casey at the Bat


Casey at the Bat is a high interest piece but also a very complex piece.  We went through the entire text line by line.  We talked through how to figure out some of the difficult vocabulary words and looked up the ones we could not figure out within the context of the text.  This took QUITE A WHILE!  The kids loved every minute of it, but it took much longer than I had planned.  

As we got to the Casey's third pitch I said to the kids (jokingly of course), "I think we'll stop right there and finish tomorrow."  Just like I was hoping for, the kids begged to finish today.  

I like to guide the students every step of the way through the more complex pieces at the first of the year.  I give them the tools they need to figure out complex texts on their own.  Then throughout the year I give them more independence when working with complex texts. 

  Reflection of First Read of Casey at the Bat
  Grappling with Complexity: Reflection of First Read of Casey at the Bat
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Close Read: Casey at the Bat - Key Ideas and Details

Unit 10: Close Read - Casey at the Bat
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT identify the key ideas and details in the story "Casey at the Bat." Students will also create a character analysis of Casey.

Big Idea: In this first day of our close read lesson on the book "Casey at the Bat," we will read through the text taking the time to zoom in on the key ideas and details. We will also create a character analysis of Casey using evidence from the text.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Comprehension (Reading), close read, Casey at the Bat, Ernest L. Thayer, character analysis
  65 minutes
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