Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Inventive Information: Reading Informational Texts Closely - Section 5: Review


Something really neat that happened after this lesson that I wanted to share with you was that one of my students, who often thinks a bit "out of the box", came up to me in the afternoon and said, "Mrs. Hesemann, I've been thinking a lot about Tony Sarg, and I have a question.  I know that Tony Sarg invented the idea of creating balloons for the Macy's Day Parade, so that makes him inventive, but in order to come up with that idea, didn't Tony Sarg also need to be creative?  Doesn't that make him a creative person, too?  And, if he is remembered for leaving an impact on what we still do today, by continuing to have the Macy's Day Parade with balloons in New York City, doesn't that also make him notable?"  What a wonderful question!  Our essential question for the unit we're studying currently is "What makes a person creative, inventive, or notable?", so this was amazing that one of my students was pondering the essential question!  We stood together in the hallway and had a great discussion about how Tony Sarg really could be all of these things, and I challenged this student to consider this analytical approach to thinking about the others we've read about already (or will read about in the future).  Would the student consider Booker T. Washington not just notable, but also creative or inventive?  What about Charles Lindbergh?  What about Georgia O'Keeffe?  It was a wonderful conversation, and demonstrated that my students are truly taking their learning, and developing a conceptual understanding of our world and those within it!

  Reflection: Student Pondering
  Discourse and Questioning: Reflection: Student Pondering
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Inventive Information: Reading Informational Texts Closely

Unit 5: Biography Unit
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT read a text closely to determine what the text says explicitly and cite specific textual evidence when speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of what makes a person “inventive” by reading a biographical text closely and asking and answering questions about the inventive person based on the text.

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English / Language Arts, biography (Nonfiction Lit), evidence, informational text, close reading, inventive, cite text evidence
  30 minutes
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