Reflection: Modeling Words, Words, Words: What is the effect of them in Of Mice and Men? - Section 3: Building Knowledge: Annotation Model


For one of my classes, I decided that we had enough practice with annotations, and I skipped the modeling portion of the lesson. EPIC FAIL! As a result of not modeling the expectation, my students' annotations were quite sparse. I had to spend a lot of time telling them to go back and really write down their thoughts about the words and phrases they were underlining. For all of the rest of my classes, I modeled the annotation exercise before asking them to do it, and...EPIC SUCCESS! I hope to be able to pull this bit of scaffolding away from my students at some point soon, but I learned a valuable lesson about explicit instruction and modeling: My students still need it.

  Don't Skip the Model
  Modeling: Don't Skip the Model
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Words, Words, Words: What is the effect of them in Of Mice and Men?

Unit 10: Actions and Reactions Of Mice and Men
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT determine the impact of specific choices of words and details on meaning and tone by working in annotation groups

Big Idea: Sticks and stones may break their bones, but words help students make meaning!

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