Reflection: Pacing Building Theme Statements Together - Section 3: Presenting


We did not finish all of the presentations today in class, so we have to extend the lesson into the next class period. I felt like today's class was all about choices. I decided this morning to slow down our reading, which affected this class; it meant that we needed to read the last pages of the book before starting the planned activity today. I was constantly reevaluating the timing throughout the theme activity: I needed to find the balance between challenging them to push to the final step and letting them linger with the question, ie allowing think time. And the different groups needed to be paced differently. Ultimately, I decided to have the groups who were most ready with the most defined theme statement to present today, so a form of modeling for the other groups. In listening to the first groups, they were better able to see how a general statement isn't as meaningful as a specific statement.

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Building Theme Statements Together

Unit 6: Great Expectations: The Final Assessment
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT determine a theme and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and refined by working in groups to transform a motif into a message conveyed throughout the end of the novel.

Big Idea: When students understand the theme of a text, they can truly understand the text's value. Here's an engaging way to decipher theme.

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