Reflection: Routines and Procedures Holden's Realization: Student SSR and Role Analysis 5 - Section 2: Student Lit. Circle Work Time: Sustained Reading and Role Assignment Work


While the video clip I included her shows my students focused and at work, it was a struggle to get them to this point. The "last work day" has a sense of finality to it, and my students tend to look to the end of things as a moment of celebration, as it means a task is done (and, in many of their minds, now can be forgotten). Today was an exercise in focusing students, moving from individual to individual and cluster to cluster to get them to settle down and turn their focus to the novel, even if they had a question about it for their peers. Proximity control works well in situations like this, but sometime a more direct, "Hey, focus!" is needed. With all things, it is a matter of knowing what sort of "hand" the students need, firm or gentle, guiding or directing.

  Refocusing Students
  Routines and Procedures: Refocusing Students
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Holden's Realization: Student SSR and Role Analysis 5

Unit 5: Literacy: Catching Identity, Novel Study of "The Catcher in the Rye"
Lesson 12 of 13

Objective: SWBAT continue drawing specific evidence from Chapters 21-26 of "The Catcher in the Rye" through independent reading and assignment completion, preparing for their fifth and final collaborative discussion.

Big Idea: As Holden's mental health deteriorates, he fixates on physical illness and death.

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English / Language Arts, discussion leader, characterization (Fictional Lit), Vocabulary, literature circles, independent reading, collaborative learning, the catcher in the rye, illustrators, Catcher in the Rye
  50 minutes
copy of copy of holden s hunting hat
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