Reflection: Student Ownership Comparing and Contrasting Ballads and Free Verse - Section 3: Creating Clock Appointments


Choice, choice, choice.  Give students choice.  With reasonable limits. Blah blah blah.

We know that it's true, but we also know how difficult it can be.

Clock appointments are a pretty simple way to give students choice with whom they work.  They're always begging to be allowed to choose their partners, and teachers know that sometimes. . . often. . .always. . .ends badly.  Someone's left out.  They choose their friends so they can socialize.  Someone throws a tantrum because they have to work with a boy. 

Clock appointments are an excellent balance to that dilemma.  Students still get choice--they choose their appointments.  Nobody is left out.  If someone is absent on a day, you have to do some finagling, but that's simple.  Students feel that they have power, and for kids who don't have any control over their lives?  This is a pretty simple way to give them that feeling that they have control over something.  Thus, they have ownership.

  Giving Students Choice
  Student Ownership: Giving Students Choice
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Comparing and Contrasting Ballads and Free Verse

Unit 8: Analyzing Ballads, Sonnets, and Popular Music
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to describe similarities and differences in ballads and free verse by discussing and creating a Venn diagram.

Big Idea: Ballads vs. free verse = rules vs. no rules

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