Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Reading Analysis: Understanding Theme and Character in Crane's "The Open-Boat" - Section 2: Time To Read: "The Open-Boat"


Students began developing a foundation through today's reading and responses to the study guide. As I circulated the room, a few students would ask for clarification, and I found they needed to be able to draw distinction between the men on the boat as Crane's distinctions and deliberately subtle. In the enactment video above, the student asked how the men ended up in the boat to start, which provided a "teachable moment" for the whole class. I took the opportunity to remind the class to always read the background material as well as the assigned work, as it often provides needed clarification. 

  Time To Read: Providing Opportunities to Focus
  Staircase of Complexity: Time To Read: Providing Opportunities to Focus
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Reading Analysis: Understanding Theme and Character in Crane's "The Open-Boat"

Unit 12: Literacy: Naturalism and Understanding Conflict in the American Short Story
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT prepare for a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas by analyzing the portrayal of nature and the development of characters in "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane.

Big Idea: Alone, in a boat, four men prove themselves in the face of the intimidating power of the sea; alone, in class, each student proves himself or herself in the face of independent reading.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, Comprehension (Reading), Fictional Literature, independent reading, Stephen Crane, The Open Boat, discussion preparation
  50 minutes
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