Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Symbols in Call of the Wild - Section 2: Symbols and Text Support


Teaching symbolism makes me tired.  It shouldn't; I mean, it should be fun, right?  Making connections...finding references in a book...thinking beyond the literal...  And that's just why it's hard.  Students who are 13 fall along a continuum of intellectual development.  Some have been abstract thinkers for years, able to tease out connections and argue using text support drawn from all over a book.  Others don't know why the author "won't just say what he means."  And there's is every level in between.

As a teacher, I want to expose all of my students to the IDEA that symbolism exists and I want all of them to try to interpret it.  The problem comes up when I am teaching and I forget that we are just going for the effort, and not for mastery.

Building a conceptual understanding takes time.  (Maybe I should put that on my back wall, as a reminder.)

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Symbols in Call of the Wild

Unit 4: Nature, Naturalism, and The Call of the Wild
Lesson 10 of 14

Objective: SWBAT complete a close reading of an epigraph; SWBAT define and connect symbols to text in Call of the Wild.

Big Idea: You have developed your own work with Jack London's.

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