Reflection: Complex Tasks Story-Boarding Essays: Visualizing Reading "Superman and Me." - Section 4: Students' Storyboard


The problem w/ giving students a handout on which to storyboard is that they think they are limited to the number of frames on the handout. Even when I tell them otherwise, they still only use the handout, so engrained in the fill-in-the-blank way of thinking are they. 

I also wish that I had given students the directive to use quotes from Alexie's essay. This might help me know more about their thinking, and since it's close-reading I'm after, I need to do more w/ the storyboarding to emphasize rhetorical techniques Alexie uses. This is something I want to follow-up on after having students read at least two more essays. 

As always, I feel squeezed for time by the trimester system and am constantly trying to balance depth of learning with breath of texts I share w/ students. In my ideal world, I'd assign students at least one essay to read each evening, but I know my school's culture, and that means most would not read the assignment. For now I need to be satisfied w/ them reading their free-choice books outside of class, knowing this will prepare them to read a longer text I'll assign later in the trimester. 

Next week, before I collect the second draft of the essay assignment I'll give later this week, I'll spend time doing two things: Showing students how to identify rhetorical techniques in the essays and showing them how to model sentences that appeal to them. When students have bette control of their writing at the sentence level, their essay writing improves. 

And while I've included one example of a storyboard template, there are many options available with a simple Google search for storyboard templates. What matters is the idea of sequencing. 

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Story-Boarding Essays: Visualizing Reading "Superman and Me."

Unit 4: Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On: Innovative Approaches to Teaching Narration and Description
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT: construct a story-board demonstrating close reading and analysis of "Superman and Me" by Sherman Alexie.

Big Idea: Story-boards allow for differentiating instruction and a way for students to visualize their thinking about informational texts.

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English / Language Arts, storyboarding, close reading, Sherman Alexie, "Superman and Me"
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