Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Desk Vandalism Helps Students Analyze Conflicts and Types of Characters in Of Mice and Men - Section 6: Homework: Newspaper Project Explanation


While there is no clear connection between this homework assignment and the lesson for today, it was important that I introduce the newspaper project today for two reasons:

1) We are beginning a unit on argument, and I expect that a few of the articles in their newspapers will include argumentative or persuasive writing. They will also be writing articles about science or business--and other content areas that are reflected in their reading.

2) With the number of snow days this year, I don't want to risk not introducing and explaining the project before our next round with Mother Nature.

Light bulb moment for me:  I have learned that I need to create calendars for reading texts and completing extended projects in advance of giving them to my students. If I had provided a calendar of reading for Of Mice and Men, my students could have been reading during those lovely snow days. For this project, I will provide pre-planned dates by which they must have each of the articles completed. This way, if there are missed days, they will still be expected to complete the work. This is a huge adjustment that will require additional planning on my part, but I am committed to making it work!

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Desk Vandalism Helps Students Analyze Conflicts and Types of Characters in Of Mice and Men

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

Objective: SWBAT analyze how complex characters and conflicts advance the plot by brainstorming conflicts in "Of Mice and Men" and analyzing characters

Big Idea: Students temporarily vandalize their desks by using them as dry erase boards for categorizing and analyzing conflicts.

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