Reflection: Flexibility Examining Facades & Misinformation with Realist Poetry - Section 2: Introduction


Since a big part of my classroom is the genuine interaction and thought of my students, I always try to engage 100% of them in discussion to help them relate better to the lesson's content.  However, not all students can develop an opinion and gather the courage to share it with their peers if I hold discussions immediately after whatever material we're covering.  To that end, Quickwrites are an AMAZING help to me.  Basically, students just write for a determined number of minutes (digital "egg timers" are great for this, or you can put your Quickwrite question in a slideshow and use the presentation settings to have a sound play or image appear when students have a minute left and change slides automatically when the time has completely elapsed) about the topic at hand.  After writing, the discussion proceeds the way any other discussion would, led largely by student interests and feedback about the topic.  I LOVE this part of my job, because I'm continually amazed by the direction my students sometimes take the conversation and how insightful students can be!

The other great benefit of Quickwrites preceding discussion is that it gives ALL students (even your quiet, shy, or anxious ones) to engage with the topic.  Some students need a few minutes to collect their thoughts and gather their opinions, so by using the Quickwrite, you're opening up your discussion to students who don't typically get to participate in more rapid-fire settings.  It also gives you a written record of student responses, which empowers you to assess their understanding of ideas at a glance and individually remediate where necessary.  

My other attempt to engage all students was with my video clip at the end of this section.  Students had a very favorable reaction to it, and I noticed several students sharing that video with their peers later in the week!  Since my students all take learning preference assessments, I know that most of my classes are HIGHLY visual.  Incorporating short, simple videos like this one can really snag those students and pull them into the rest of the lesson, so the time spent finding resources like this is ultimately well-spent!

  Engaging all Learners with Quickwrites & Media
  Flexibility: Engaging all Learners with Quickwrites & Media
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Examining Facades & Misinformation with Realist Poetry

Unit 5: Life is Hard. That's Realism & Naturalism!
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT evaluate the author's purpose and language choices to examine similar themes of deception in three Realist poems through small and whole-group collaborative analysis.

Big Idea: What do you get when you put together truth, deception, Realist poetry, and high school students? One heck of an evidence-based discussion.

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