Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Responses to Industrialism: Close Reading of The Communist Manifesto (Day 1 of 3) - Section 4: Wrap Up and Next Steps


Today did not go well. The students were distracted by their groups, but even more of a problem, they were completely confused by the note-taking sheet, which made it hard for them to grapple with the complexity of the reading. I'm pretty sure that I gave too much to them at once. I should have just asked them to read and comprehend the text without asking them to deconstruct the structure/format. That will require them to read the text more than once with different lens.

So...tomorrow I am going to take a step back and ask them to ignore their note-taking sheet for a few days. Instead, I will ask them just to read and monitor their comprehension of the text. I'm not sure how I will format this, but I will likely give them a structure to help with their comprehension. Thankfully, they didn't get too far in their reading or notes today, so it won't feel like a complete departure from what we tried to do today, but I will definitely own my part of the train-wreck while also asking them to reflect on their lack of motivation/focus as well.

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Responses to Industrialism: Close Reading of The Communist Manifesto (Day 1 of 3)

Unit 12: Informational Text: Craft and Structure Analysis
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT analyze the organization of and evidence in Marx's argument by collaboratively reading and discussing The Communist Manifesto.

Big Idea: Marx lays out his argument in a very logical way. Today's task is to figure out how and why he does this.

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