Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Finding the Elements of Fiction: Tone, Plot, Theme - Section 1: Starter


As I have been shifting my instruction to be more aligned with the Common Core State Standards, I have come to realize that this isn't simply a shift in the content I teach, it is a complete paradigm shift in my beliefs about what teaching and learning are.

In the past, the end-game for this Elements of Fiction review unit has always been memorization.  If students could pass a terms and definitions matching test, I considered it evidence of a successful unit.  No more.  Now, terms and definitions are the language we use with students to discuss and write about the deeper meanings of the texts covered in class.  

This continues to rock my world.  Every time I write a lesson or plan an assessment, I challenge myself to increase the rigor of the product and decrease the reliance on regurgitation of terms and definitions.

  A Challenging Shift
  Adjustments to Practice: A Challenging Shift
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Finding the Elements of Fiction: Tone, Plot, Theme

Unit 3: The Elements of Fiction
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT analyze how the particular elements of a story interact by taking notes to organize their thinking.

Big Idea: ...and now we have an Elements of Fiction reference to use all year!

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