Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Close Reading: Personal Experience as Evidence - Section 2: Jigsaw Rhetorical Analysis of Personal Experience


I felt like the students understood much more clearly how the personal experiences Cofer writes build on one another to develop a central idea in both their content and the narrator’s emotions in each section.  I related this back to Wild so they could think about how Strayed similarly used her personal experiences, so the lesson acted as some scaffolding for this idea.  While I don’t have any students who would have shared Cofer’s experiences regarding race, they nevertheless appreciated her discussion, particularly how she explained the stereotypes rather than dismissed them.  This led to a nice discussion about stereotypes, and the fact that more times than not the actions they point out are actually true, but that the reasons for them are lost in translation in popular culture.  I briefly brought up the stand-up activity from last week (which they will use as part of their homework tonight) as an example--how some of them ha down-played how they are influenced by gender codes in our culture, but then realized how many were true in the activity.   Next time I work with this piece, I will plan to tie it in to the stand-up activity to provide stronger context.  In any case, this should give them some deepened sense of stereotypes that they can apply to their own writing about gender tonight.

Because of their strong understanding of this piece, and particularly the organization, I will use excerpts from it next week to model their own memoir writing.

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Close Reading: Personal Experience as Evidence

Unit 6: Thematic Unit: Gender and the Rhetorical Power of Narrative
Lesson 8 of 12

Objective: SWBAT understand how personal experiences can be used as evidence to build central ideas in an argument through close rhetorical analysis of a text.

Big Idea: Personal experiences can act as powerful, logical evidence for an argument.

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