Reflection: Routines and Procedures Skill 3: Poetry Analysis - Section 1: SSR


I struggled with where to cut back on my lesson today. I am feeling the pressure of the test next week and want to make sure that I have time to work through a few things I don't feel like I've given enough class time to. 

Ultimately, I decided to cut the grammar drill today and leave the reading. We had cut so much reading time from last week that I didn't think I should immediately look to reading time as my first place to cut this time.

I also am feeling like the review is a little bit of a fool's errand. Frankly, there are a few things I really should have taught more explicitly earlier in the year. "Reviewing" these things now is not necessarily going to make that much of a difference. I don't regret spending time on these review drills/activities, but if I'm being completely honest with myself, some of this review is way too much initial teaching. 

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Skill 3: Poetry Analysis

Unit 11: Skill Review: Preparing for the State Test
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in poetry by reading, annotating and analyzing "Half-Caste" by John Agard.

Big Idea: Poetry is the best tool for teaching the nuances of language. Let's see how a poet treats the topic of imperialism.

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