Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Using Speech Bubbles to Deconstruct a Persuasive Essay - Section 3: Add Speech Bubbles: An Annotation Method


As I visited with students during work time, I often heard them say variations on the idea that "This really helps me understand the essay better." That's active learning at its best and what every teacher hopes will happen with every lesson. It was a good day to be teaching English. 

Sometimes just changing the name increases student understanding of difficult tasks: Speech Bubble Annotation.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Talking Back to Texts: Annotation Reimagined
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Using Speech Bubbles to Deconstruct a Persuasive Essay

Unit 5: The Readiness Is All: Engaging Your Students in Persuasive Writing
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT deconstruct a persuasive essay to understand the writer's craft by adding speech bubbles to a text.

Big Idea: Accomplish close reading and comprehension using speech bubbles to annotate an essay.

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English / Language Arts, Differentiation, "Breakfast on Mars", Culture for Learning, Common Core Alignment, Flexibility
  60 minutes
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