Reflection: Student Ownership Novel Discussion, Day Five - Section 1: Do Now: Character Opinions


Some students may be tempted to claim, "I wrote what [insert previous student's name] just said." These students are either unprepared or uncomfortable sharing their thoughts.

To avoid this scenario, I ask students to write their responses first; this way, they have something to read, which is more comfortable than "winging it" without a script.

If I still get a "What he said" response, I ask for an addition--what else happens in the book that supports that point?

Students quickly realize that falling back on someone else's work will not allow them to evade the question.

  Avoiding Repeats
  Student Ownership: Avoiding Repeats
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Novel Discussion, Day Five

Unit 2: Finding Themes and Making Inferences in Literature
Lesson 8 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to discuss a novel by posing and responding to questions, incorporating others into discussion, and presenting their own ideas and justifications.

Big Idea: Moving beyond talking at one another--true discussion.

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