Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding The Costs and Benefits of Imperialism: Heart of Darkness (Day 1 of 3) - Section 4: Heart of Darkness Reading and Illustration Activity


Asking students to draw while they listened was a really interesting, and very successful, experiment. While I read, my teaching partner wandered the room to see what students were drawing. When he reported back to me after class, he said that each kid had focused on a totally different aspect of the excerpted text. Some kids drew comic book style scenes while others tried to capture the description of the setting with a map. Some students focused on the descriptions of characters while others honed in on one specific scene or idea.

We didn't get a chance to collect or share these illustrations before class ended today, but I am going to return to these drawings and read one last section of text with the students on Tuesday as preparation for their seminar. I am also going to point out that while everyone had a different conceptual understanding of what they heard, each of them has the same potential to use their illustrations as notes for their seminar later in the week. I hope that their diverse responses to the text will be reflected in their diverse ideas during that seminar.

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  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Successful Experiment
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The Costs and Benefits of Imperialism: Heart of Darkness (Day 1 of 3)

Unit 13: Speaking and Listening: Imperialism Seminar
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT understand the cultural experience of imperialism as reflected in Heart of Darkness by reading and illustrating Conrad's prose.

Big Idea: Today we will begin looking at various accounts of western imperialism in Africa with one of the most significant literary texts written on the subject: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

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