Reflection: Student Ownership Chapters 1 and 2, In Review: A Shared Class Discussion - Section 2: Discussion and Review: Recall and Inferencing


By modeling one answer, I am able to get students taking the first step up in understanding the novel as we check for their understanding in class discussion. Impressively, students actively discussed the novel and their responses while waiting in line to come to the board. 

The level of participation surprised me, many of the students at the board in the enactment video are passive participants in class and do not always offer their ideas without prompting. Taking a differing look at the ways in which the students can offer ideas allowed students to participate in manner appropriate for them, and built student ownership in the material. As noted in the video, I was also impressed with the way in which they showed respect for each other as they wrote their thoughts. 

In the second video, students built on each other's responses, adding information and drawing conclusions about symbolism, such as The Valley of Ashes and Dr. T.J. Eckleberg representing "faded dreams." The connection between the "faded" sign and the faded dreams of Wilson, etc. showed the students developing their understanding of the symbolism and themes of the play. 

  Student Ownership: "Active" Participation: Getting Points, Getting Points Across, Getting Up and Moving
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Chapters 1 and 2, In Review: A Shared Class Discussion

Unit 15: Literacy: "The Great Gatsby" Characterization, Style, and Visual Literacy
Lesson 3 of 16

Objective: SWBAT cite thorough textual evidence from "The Great Gatsby" in order to demonstrate reading comprehension and critical thinking about the characters.

Big Idea: Understanding the story is the first step in understanding the greater ideas and impact of a literary work, so today we review the actions of "The Great Gatsby's" characters.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, Fictional Literature, characterization, discussions, The Great Gatsby, reading check
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