Reflection: Student Ownership What Does the Figurative Language Mean? - Section 2: Starter


This lesson is always a great time to remind my students that I don't make them take notes in class simply to torture them (the torture is just a bonus!).  I really want them to learn the value in writing down information from class and then using that information when applying skills.

There are those who will say that taking notes is an archaic skill that students don't need anymore, but I disagree.  The way we take notes may be changing (less pen and paper and more keyboard), but the act of listening to information, digesting it, and then recording it in a way that makes sense to you never goes out of style.

When I talk to kids about note taking, I really let them into my student mind.  This is where being a fresh college grad at 33 has become really handy.  I tell them why I took notes in college and why I continue to take notes today in all of my (way too many) meetings. 

My personal benefits are:

I am able to go back and review what was said.

It keeps me awake if I'm starting to get drowsy. (I play this one up when we talk about annotating texts.  If you're writing and having a conversation with what you're reading, it would be downright rude to fall asleep!)

I look professional and like I'm listening. 

When I'm feeling confused about what I'm doing, I can reread my notes and I am able to replay what was discussed in my mind.  It really does clear up confusion.



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What Does the Figurative Language Mean?

Unit 13: Introduction to Poetry
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT determine the meaning of figurative language by reading poetry and discussing figurative language.

Big Idea: Using figurative language to drive a discussion about poetry.

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