Reflection: Complex Tasks Set the Mood - Section 4: Independent Practice


We have been working with annotating text for a long time.  I was sure they were ready to do it on their own.  I was a little taken back by their "deer in the headlights" look when I told them to work on their own. Not many students knew what to do first.  After letting them struggle through for a few minutes, I ended up stopping the class and asking what we needed to do. 

The first thing I had them do was to rephrase the task:  "Read the story and identify the mood.  Make annotations that helped you understand the mood."   Most students were getting lost in the task and not reading the story for comprehension-which is needed to understand mood.  I had to tell them all to PUT THEIR PENCILS DOWN! They needed to read the story FIRST, then go back through and make their annotations. 

Exasperating the task seemed to help overall.  The story is a bit long and I would suggest using a shorter one in the future. 

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Set the Mood

Unit 3: Unit 2: Part I- Elements of Fiction
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: SWBAT explain how the details in a literary work, including setting, affect mood.

Big Idea: Mary Poppins as a horror film? Students see how authors manipulate mood by the language used and the setting created.

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