Reflection: Classroom Setup "Beowulf" Station Rotation: An Epic Activity - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Overview and Context


This lesson represents my first foray into stations. A few years ago I visited a first grade classroom and was amazed that the teacher could manage the stations so well and that the kids knew exactly what to do. 

I discovered that stations are an excellent way to add both breadth and depth to a unit, especially when I don't have time to do as much as I want with it, which is the case with every unit given the trimester structure my district uses. 

For sure, I'll be using stations again when I teach Chaucer, and I'm thinking about ways to use them for the research unit, too. 

The students responded very positively to the activity, both in terms of content and in terms of getting to move around. 

Finally, stations allow me to incorporate student choice into our study of canonical literature. That's important for a generation of students whose lives involve so many choices and who often don't understand the often prescriptive nature of English classes. 

  Stations: Aren't Those Just for Elementary Classes?
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"Beowulf" Station Rotation: An Epic Activity

Unit 6: We Need a Hero: The Anglo-Saxon Epic "Beowulf"
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT construct meaning from various grammatical, historical, and literary connections to Beowulf by working through a station rotation activity.

Big Idea: Stations work in secondary English classes and emphasize student choice.

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English / Language Arts, alliteration, Beowulf, Who vs. Whom, appositives, Blood Feuds, translating, Christian vs. Pagan
  113 minutes
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