Reflection: Rigor Base Group Analysis of Theme Language in F451 - Section 3: Base Groups Report out


I was impressed that all of the students seemed to have something to say in their small group presentations and seem to be taking the book seriously.  However, I did notice that some of the students were having trouble tracking with Bradbury's prose on a basic level (RL.9-10.1) because in the opening section the character Beatty goes into a lengthy polemic about the changes in society leading up to F451.  I had some ground to recoup with some of the students in that regard.  However, the bulk of the students were interested in language, selecting emotional words, words with strong connotations, words that comprise metaphors, etc. (RL.9-10.4).  I still found myself steering the commentaries a bit with my follow-up questions, but nonetheless, we are progressing into the standard, and the students seem genuinely interested in this kind of reading.  

It's interesting: my teaching this year is heavily influenced by teaching AP English Language and Composition, as I find myself steering the classroom discourse towards style more than I have previously.  And while this is the standard that we are focusing on during the unit (RL.9-10.4), I find that I am upping my game and challenging the students more than I usually have. 

  Moving the class toward a higher standard
  Rigor: Moving the class toward a higher standard
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Base Group Analysis of Theme Language in F451

Unit 6: Literary: Analyzing Figurative Language in Fahrenheit 451
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: SWBAT identify and explain the contrasting themes of ignorance and meaning by engaging in textual analysis in groups.

Big Idea: We move into key moments of F451, examining figurative language in words with strong affective connotations.

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English / Language Arts, theme (Reading Comp), humanism, language choice, connotation, denotation, closereading, characacter, close rea, F45, f451, brad, bradbury, small group, base groups, jigsa, cooperative base groups, cooperative learning, figurative language analysis, figurative language, thematic analysis, sensationalism, comparison paper
  60 minutes
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