Reflection: Critical Thinking: "The King of Beasts" - Section 3: Group Dialogue


The other two English teachers at my school taught also used this passage to introduce the 6 Way Paragraph.  When we compared notes on this lesson, we realized that students were having difficulty with the conclusion question. They were approaching the question with the mindset that a conclusion was the final sentence in a paragraph, and of course, they were right.  The book, however, is using the meaning of drawing conclusions, of making inferences.  Once we cleared up that misconception, things went much smoother.  We certainly have to remember to revisit this the next time we do a 6 Way Paragraph.

  Conclusions: Reality and Misconceptions
  Conclusions: Reality and Misconceptions
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Critical Thinking: "The King of Beasts"

Unit 1: Laying the Foundations: Teaching Routines, Procedures, and Expectations through Authentic Activities
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to develop critical thinking skills by reading an informative text, answering targeted critical thinking questions, citing evidence, and discussing answers with a small group.

Big Idea: Students develop critical thinking skills through reading and authentic student discourse.

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