Reflection: Lesson Planning TPCASTT Poetry: A Close Reading Strategy - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Time Frame and Context


Every moment of every day in class should count--even those days when the teacher is out of the building. Too often teachers use absences as a movie day, study hall day, etc. And too often the students accomplish little. How can we maximize student learning when we are away? By giving students a meaningful and authentic task to complete. I'm not talking about a worksheet here. The work should matter w/in the context of the unit. Since I have used other close reading strategies w/ students, they see TPCASTT as just as authentic, and since I discussed it w/ them prior to my absence, I've underscored its importance to their learning. 

We can't avoid being absent over the course of our careers, but we can take steps to make learning matter while we're out, which is the topic of this brief screencast: Substitute Days.mp4

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TPCASTT Poetry: A Close Reading Strategy

Unit 10: Romantic, Victorian, and Modern British Poetry
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT analyze a poem using TPCASTT.

Big Idea: Strategies should assist understanding rather than function as an end unto themselves.

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English / Language Arts, poetry (Analysis), Poetry, close reading, Substitute Lesson
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