Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding But ... are they really that different? - Section 4: Closure


The transition to Common Core standards has lead me to search for ways to make sure that I elevate the rigor of my teaching, and that I lead my students to true independence. It takes time, practice and reteaching for the class to truly master a standard on concept. I knew that a lesson such as this one would not be enough for my students to use this type of Diagram as a tool to deepen their understanding of a story or of science and social studies concepts. I would design future lessons that would use Venn Diagrams as opportunities for reteaching and further practice. Approximately two months after I taught this lesson, I added making a graphic organizer to our menu of independent activities: I was thrilled to see that without further direction, my students began creating Venn Diagrams for different topics (you can see an example under the resource section). 


  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Independence
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But ... are they really that different?

Unit 1: Key Ideas and Details in Literature
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: SWBAT use a Venn Diagram to compare two objects.

Big Idea: Students cannot compare and contrast adventures and experiences in stories or explain differences between books without first understanding how to compare.

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