Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Tackling Dickens's Style: A Tale of Two Cities Book One Analysis (Day 1 of 2) - Section 3: Tale of Two Cities Book One Bread Crumb Analysis


This was a much harder task than I anticipated it would be. My students really struggled to remember these nuanced and symbolic ideas from the text. They were so firmly planted in character names and locations that they had failed to see some of the figurative language that Dickens uses in place of names or traditional descriptions.

At the risk of losing them, I think it might be time to slow down and define some of these things together. I will build time in for that extra level of scaffolding tomorrow so that they have a better chance of moving up the staircase of complexity to more individual comprehension and work later in the novel.

  Dealing with Confusion
  Staircase of Complexity: Dealing with Confusion
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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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