Reflection: Accountability Tackling Dickens's Style: A Tale of Two Cities Book One Analysis (Day 1 of 2) - Section 2: Speech Delivery Make Ups


So, I was able to get through all but two of my last speeches today. The two students who have to go still are two of my students who have yet to complete a summative assessment this year and are failing miserably.

This is a big challenge for me as it is hard to assign a failing grade rather than an incomplete because I really don't know what they can or cannot do with the standards since I have so little evidence. Our traditional gradebooks still rely so much on total points earned rather than true accountability to the skills of the standards.

Both of these young men have worked really hard to do nothing this year in my class. In reviewing their data, it seems it is a pattern in all of their classes. I am going to keep after them and hopefully get at least the speaking portion of their grade assessed before the end of the semester in a few weeks.

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Tackling Dickens's Style: A Tale of Two Cities Book One Analysis (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 8: Literary: Analysis of Plot and Character Development in A Tale of Two Cities
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT analyze Dickens's choices in regards to symbolic language and text structure by working in small groups to determine key ideas and connections from book one of A Tale of Two Cities.

Big Idea: Dickens is the master of the bread crumb trail writing style. Helping students to determine what is essential information vs. superfluous information in his novels is a complicated task.

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