Reflection: Joy The Big Reveal: Analyzing Dr. Manette's Letter - Section 2: Whole Class Reading and Discussion: Book 3, Chapter 10


This is my joy, more than their joy, that I am going to touch on today, but I was so excited today after class when I had a few students stay late to discuss what they had heard in chapter ten. As they are putting the pieces together about who is connected to whom and seeing how Dickens is bringing all the seemingly disjointed aspects of the plot together, it is so satisfying for me as their teacher to see the light bulbs lighting up and the excitement and engagement bubble up.

I really struggled with pacing and focus for this novel this year. I feel like I lost them early and never really hooked them back into the plot of the book. I know I have mentioned this in earlier reflections in this unit, but it is really hard for me to persevere with a text when it feels like the whole class is trudging through the book with no love at all.

Today I felt like I finally hooked them. I hate that it is coming so late in the book, but I hope that it will help us to finish strong and maybe even help them to want to go back and reread things. They will have to do a little of this anyway to complete our investigation activity tomorrow and our writing activities next week, but I would much rather the students dive back in with joy than with hate.

  They Finally Love the Book!
  Joy: They Finally Love the Book!
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The Big Reveal: Analyzing Dr. Manette's Letter

Unit 9: Literary: Analysis of Narrative Style in A Tale of Two Cities
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT analyze complex characters and the authors use of such characters to develop multilayer plot lines by reading and discussing book three, chapter ten of A Tale of Two Cities.

Big Idea: Who is Solomon Pross? How can his big reveal help us see understand to Dickens' rhetorical purpose?

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