Reflection: Joy An Investigation Into Story Order: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" - Section 3: Understanding Chronological Order: Stick Figure Theatre Comic Strip


Allowing students to choose their own groups did provide a mix of assignments. For the students who preferred to work alone, they had an opportunity to take ownership of their independent work and flex their creative and logical talents. The students who chose to work together collaborated and drew from each other, providing feedback and discussing what happened in the story, as well as the best way to represent that in the imagery. The lesson video above shows the students working and discussing at a variety of paces. 

By providing students with the opportunity to explore the story at their own pace, they were able to identify what they felt was significant to understanding the story, and for the most part showed a string ability to make sense of chronological order. For the students that put things out of order (as noted in the video above), or the ones that may have missed an event or two, they will have the chance to make these corrections tomorrow in class. Understanding the order of the events will allow us to discuss the how and why of the story tomorrow in class.  

Overall, students seemed to have fun with this assignment. It was challenging, but it was something different from what they're used to. Far too often, group projects like this are simply identifying information, not decoding or applying it. With their own grouping and pacing, students really did find "joy" in what we did. 

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An Investigation Into Story Order: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

Unit 10: Literacy: The Reality of It All--Realism in the American Story
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT analyze how Ambrose Bierce's choices to manipulate chronological order create sympathy and suspense by unraveling the plot in a comic strip.

Big Idea: There's a mystery in Owl Creek, Alabama, and it's up to the students to find out what led to an execution.

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English / Language Arts, Group Communication and Discussion, Short Stories, chronological order, Ambrose Bierce, Comic Strips, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  50 minutes
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