Reflection: Adjustments to Practice The Library Question: Can it Survive in its Current State? - Section 4: Closure


As I reflected back on this lesson, I had a nagging feeling that I didn't like it.  Not exactly didn't LIKE it, but was bothered by something.  After giving it thought, I realized that my idea of Libraries being Relevant or Not wasn't exactly what I meant to say.  Although I changed the title of the lesson, I couldn't go back and have the kids unthink the relevance question.  Likewise, I stuck with the Closure section where they went to the different sides of the room to declare their opinions about whether the library was relevant or not.

My advice- if using this lesson, discuss more about the need to change the library, not make the focus about its still being relevant.  (Although my kids had a good vocabulary lesson on the word relevant with this lesson.)  The idea of change is more in line with what is happening in the real world.  I'd just take this lesson and make it your own.  

A final note- Although the kids' worksheet is titled with the Are Libraries Still Relevant heading, the one to download was given the new title, Should the Library Survive in its Current State?

  Are Libraries Relevant?
  Adjustments to Practice: Are Libraries Relevant?
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The Library Question: Can it Survive in its Current State?

Unit 8: Structuring Informational Text
Lesson 10 of 13

Objective: TSWBAT discuss the issue of libraries, and state a given point of view after reading multiple accounts.

Big Idea: Will the library suffer the card catalog's fate? Read, get informed, defend and debate!

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