Reflection: Rules and Consequences Choosing Words Carefully: Anne Bradstreet's Diction and Style - Section 2: Discussion: "What's The Value of Hard Work?"


While I intended the focus to be broadly on Speaking and Listening Standard 1, the students' focus was naturally on the first part of Standard 1c. The classes, as a whole, hold a strong discourse in posing and responding to questions, but do not necessarily think outside of their own point of view, and engage in debate. As the semester moves on, I will need to incorporate and get the students to establish some behavior norms  (rules) for class discussion, so they remain respectful, listen to, and build off of each others' ideas. 

Student responses did include the points bulleted above. I did share with students these three points seemto be the majority view, and in both classes, they seemed unsurprised. I did ask if work that was not rewarded was worthy, and a few students volunteered that it is, if they can learn something from it. One new development form this year's discussion is the addition that hard work really pays off when one is an athlete, but in the classroom, students seemed to value what comes naturally.

In an ideal world, I would have asked the students to pull their chairs into a circle and have turned this discussion into a Socratic Seminar, but the time and number of students in the Grade 10 classes were prohibitive. 

  The Value of Hard Work: A Class Reflection
  Rules and Consequences: The Value of Hard Work: A Class Reflection
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Choosing Words Carefully: Anne Bradstreet's Diction and Style

Unit 2: Literacy: Plain Living Portrayed in Puritan Poetry and Sermons
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT identify and analyze how poetic structure refines and shapes the tone and theme of Anne Bradstreet's "Upon the Burning of Our House."

Big Idea: As students look deeper into the themes and diction Puritan Poetry, they explore how one person expresses solace even amid devastating tragedy.

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