Reflection: Standards Alignment Creating an Analytical Lens: Determining Point of View in Primary Source Documents (Day 2 of 3) - Section 2: SOAPSTone Review: Group anlaysis of Adam Smith


Even though this isn't a seminal U.S. document, Adam Smith's famous theoretical piece on the way industrialization would impact the modern world seems pretty important to read. However, excerpting it like we did seemed to have confused our students a great deal.

As I was walking around and checking in with each group, they were identifying a totally different subject than what was presented in the text. I was confused about this until I read the intro section provided at the top of the copy we were working with and realized that they were trying to complete their analysis of the piece only using this intro paragraph. I paused the whole class and asked them  to be honest with me about if they had read the document as closely as they needed to to answer the questions presented. They sheepishly admitted that this was the case and went back to the drawing board with their analysis.

I checked in again at the end of their work time and nearly every group was on the right track. Lesson learned by me? Be clear up front with my expectations for how deep their analysis needs to be. Complex texts like these need very clear instructions. The rigor will come from the reading.

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Creating an Analytical Lens: Determining Point of View in Primary Source Documents (Day 2 of 3)

Unit 12: Informational Text: Craft and Structure Analysis
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT analyze an author's point of view or purpose by reading and responding to primary sources from the Industrial Revolution.

Big Idea: Today we will move from analysis of printed text to visual primary sources.

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