Reflection: Coherence Retell A Story With DEEP Connections! - Section 3: Teachers' Turn


When I planned this lesson, I had intended to have the students connect and then write a story with transition words, the details, and their connections. You'll see the video and student artifact have these pieces.

However, upon reflection, I realize that what they created was not really a story. It was a retelling of events, but they struggled with writing transition words and it did not really make sense to have them do this. When I teach this lesson again, I'll just have them do connections and the details with a simple first, next, and last or first/second/third.  Adding other transition words 'muddied the waters' and the students were confused about this. Here's another student artifact - I would change his transition words (first of all/so/at last)  to "first", "then", and "last".

  Coherence: Next time, we'll use only the basic transition words.
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Retell A Story With DEEP Connections!

Unit 4: Connecting with Key Details and Theme
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT recount parts of a story and connect to the text as well as determine the theme.

Big Idea: When students look for deeper connections, they reveal the theme of a story and connect.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, theme (Reading Comp), Special Education, 2nd Grade, Connecting, transition words, sequence, Mercer Mayer, key details, point of view
  50 minutes
i m sorry book
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