Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Open Boat, Open Discussion: Reviewing Key Ideas - Section 2: Traditional, But Effective: An In-Depth Review of "The Open Boat"


By providing students with the opportunity to direct the discussion, I can respond to their questions and confusion while still providing them the path to developing a conceptual understanding of Naturalism. After evaluating the students' quizzes on "The Law of Life" (see "Survival of the Fittest: Naturalism in London's 'The Law of Life'"), students did well on identifying the elements of Naturalism, but are still struggling with explaining and evaluating the significance of said details. In today's notes, I'm able to model how to successfully make the connections I'm looking for, and visually check for understanding, both by their answers on paper and by the looks on the students' faces. 

Particularly, one of my students who does not always have her hand up blew me away when she noted "Nature just is" while we were discussing Nature's motivation in the story. Succinct and profound, the answer gave clarity to the idea that nature is neither good nor evil, but just exists for many of the students in class.

  Whole-Class Discussion: Traditional, But Effective
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Whole-Class Discussion: Traditional, But Effective
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Open Boat, Open Discussion: Reviewing Key Ideas

Unit 12: Literacy: Naturalism and Understanding Conflict in the American Short Story
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT propel class discussion by asking about and responding to key idea about Naturalism and characterization in Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat."

Big Idea: Life, Death, and Nature "Just Is"; a whole-class, whole-period discussion and review.

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