Reflection: Literature Circle #3: Holden On His Own - Section 2: Literature Circle Discussion Day


As the above student video shows, there was some confusion over the usage of words in the novel. I saw this with "muffler" in the first vocabulary section, and here with "rake." The job of the vocabulary finder states that the definitions should be found in context, but here we see a trap that students fall into all too often: looking up the word from a list and not checking the definition fits the usage in the novel. This did give me a chance to address the multiple meaning of "rake" with the class, and advise them to look up the definition that describes a person.

Despite the student's frustration, I did make it clear I appreciated him serving as a "substitute' vocabulary finder for the group filmed, as theirs was absent, and I appreciated him giving me the opportunity to offer clarification to the class regarding vocabulary. 

  Misunderstood Usage: Reflections on Mid-Course Corrections to Vocabulary
  Misunderstood Usage: Reflections on Mid-Course Corrections to Vocabulary
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Literature Circle #3: Holden On His Own

Unit 5: Literacy: Catching Identity, Novel Study of "The Catcher in the Rye"
Lesson 9 of 13

Objective: SWBAT participate in a collaborative discussion of Chapters 11-16 of "Catcher in the Rye", having prepared their contribution to the literature circle with a focus on Holden Caulfield's reactions to the adult world.

Big Idea: How do you act when you're alone? Are you different from the "public you"?

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