Reflection: Performance Tasks Tackling Dickens's Style: A Tale of Two Cities Book One Analysis (Day 1 of 2) - Section 2: Speech Delivery Make Ups


I had a bit of a panic attack with one of my student's speeches today. She got up and calm as can be started to bash same sex rights citing Bible verses and anti-gay rhetoric. You could literally see my entire class shifting uncomfortably in their seats and I had a moment of wondering whether or not I should stop her. I recognize that this is a controversial topic that not everyone sees eye to eye on, but I never expected a student to be so adamantly opposed to the issue in such a public way. The good news? She was only doing it as a counter-argument/hook. She had actually taken quotes from sermons delivered in the 1950s and 1960s about bi-racial marriage and used these quotes to point out how similar the civil rights issues were. The class let out the biggest sigh when she switched tracks. It was kind of awesome. Great hook achieved. =)

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Tackling Dickens's Style: A Tale of Two Cities Book One Analysis (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 8: Literary: Analysis of Plot and Character Development in A Tale of Two Cities
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT analyze Dickens's choices in regards to symbolic language and text structure by working in small groups to determine key ideas and connections from book one of A Tale of Two Cities.

Big Idea: Dickens is the master of the bread crumb trail writing style. Helping students to determine what is essential information vs. superfluous information in his novels is a complicated task.

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