Reflection: Lesson Planning Walden and Text Structure Practice, Day Two - Section 3: Text Structure Practice


After two practices of evaluation, it is clear that the scaffolding and early lessons I provided weren't enough to help students succeed. Time to brainstorm.

Students are evaluating the content of the text and the outcome of the text--not the structure. This is likely because they are still unsure of their text structure analysis (though the analysis is MUCH improved) and because they are not sure what makes a structure effective.

In order to provide better instruction, I will need to find a text which students will find easier to analyze (to boost their confidence). Ideally, this text will also have clear errors in text structure. We'll need to evaluate the text together so I can provide more scaffolding before I ask students to try again independently.

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Walden and Text Structure Practice, Day Two

Unit 4: Text Structure and Language Use in Informational Texts
Lesson 12 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to analyze and evaluate text structure while reading Thoreau's Walden.

Big Idea: Problem: a meaningless life. Solution: find yourself [in the woods]. Analyzing and evaluating text structure in Walden.

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English / Language Arts, nonfiction (analysis), Nonfiction Literature, Walden, text structure, analysis, evaluation
  45 minutes
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