Reflection: Complex Tasks Style Study: Tale of Two Cities Book 3 Chapters 3-5 Quotation Analysis - Section 3: Style Poster Creation/Comprehension Assistance


Today went so much better than Friday in regards to student understanding. I have to remind myself that sometimes it just takes time (and a couple of different attempts at explaining) for complex tasks to gel and/or make sense.

Here's my observation, though. The students did a great job with identifying the devices they were looking at and in defining what those devices were. They struggle a little with the analysis of how they were being used and the struggled a lot with trying to determine how all their identified devices work together. I think I need to give them a conceptual question to bring them back to the understanding that authors do everything on purpose. Tomorrow and the rest of this week, I think I'm going to bring them back to the larger discussion of Dickens' rhetorical purpose for writing this novel. Specifically, I am going to ask them to think about what message he is trying to give about The French Revolution. I might ask them to consider his take on human nature as well. I'm not sure how I am going to assess this (speaking, writing, etc.), but I hope it will provide a better context for our study of style these past few days.

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Style Study: Tale of Two Cities Book 3 Chapters 3-5 Quotation Analysis

Unit 9: Literary: Analysis of Narrative Style in A Tale of Two Cities
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT continue to apply knowledge of how language functions to comprehend their reading by analyzing specific quotes for use of syntax and figurative language.

Big Idea: Adding to our work with A Tale of Two Cities book 3, chapters 1 and 2, students will create style posters adding additional quotes from chapters 3-5 of the novel.

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