Reflection: Flexibility Cornerstone "Where I'm From" Responding in Writing - Section 4: Generating Ideas using Quickwrites and Graphic Organizers


This lesson was supposed to be awesome.  I was going to give students lots of time to generate ideas and share those ideas with each other.  One class was able to do just that, but fourth hour was not. 


I see half of my classes on Wednesday and the other half on Thursday. Wednesday was a regular day, so first hour had plenty of time.  Then a storm blew in and we had a delayed start on Thursday.  I ended up seeing fourth hour for only 40 minutes instead of the 90 that I was expecting.  And then on Monday we had another delayed start due to another storm.


You've got to be flexible.  Sometimes that leads to more homework for students, and sometimes that's okay.  Sometimes we miss out on sharing ideas.  Teaching requires flexibility for both teachers and students and teachers need to remember to make time for the things that matter. 

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Cornerstone "Where I'm From" Responding in Writing

Unit 7: Analyzing and Crafting Original Poems with George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From”
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to produce writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. This is done by analyzing a poet's use of language, generating ideas for an original poem, and revising details to include figurative language and poetic devices.

Big Idea: Poetry is the exhilarating and heartbreaking act of creating art with language.

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