Reflection: Checks for Understanding Responses to Industrialism: Close Reading of The Communist Manifesto (Day 2 of 3) - Section 4: Wrap Up and Next Steps


My students did so much better today. Being in teacher-created groups was a good first step, but asking them to focus in on small chunks of text also seemed to help them with comprehension. Perhaps it was because they could read and review and really focus on one or two pages without having to comprehend the text as a whole.

I did stop the class a little early to ask students to share what they thought Marx was doing/promoting. The three students who volunteered all said something about how he argues for class equality and a need for change in the current hierarchical system. That makes me feel much better than I did yesterday.

Because they were so focused, they did not finish reading all the chunks I wanted them to read, so we will have to continue this for a third day. Not really ideal, but I think it will be good to finish the piece before we move back to the analysis of argument I hoped to get to with this reading.

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Responses to Industrialism: Close Reading of The Communist Manifesto (Day 2 of 3)

Unit 12: Informational Text: Craft and Structure Analysis
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: SWBAT determine the main idea and provide an objective summary of a text by reading and summarizing small chunks of The Communist Manifesto.

Big Idea: What do you do when students struggle with complex text? Sometimes you have to take a step back and read to summarize main ideas.

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