Reflection: Student Grouping The Small Group of an Hour: Collaborative Character Analysis of "The Story of an Hour" - Section 2: Small-Group Study Guide: Collaborative Comprehension


As students have peers with whom they will typically work, there are a wide variety of abilities in any class, and there are always existing conflicts between teens as well, I try to create collaborative groups in a variety of ways. When we looked at Realism in the unit "Literacy: The Reality of It All--Realism in the American Story," I grouped students by having them draw a playing card while they walked into the room. Since we've been looking at color figurative language with "The Open Boat" and "The Story of an Hour," I handed students different color paper as they walked in. I've found this works well, I can keep certain colors separate, so if a student in a known conflict ends up with purple, I can make sure his opposition does not also end up with purple. It also means I can keep the two students who will spend the period chatting apart. This usually works best if I've stacked the deck or paper ahead of time, keeping same colors separate, as students tend to walk into the room with their closer friends. I can also be sure that a student who needs a guiding hand ends up in the same group as someone who will work with them. As I hand them the paper walking into the classroom, students don't typically notice if I draw from the bottom or middle of a stack. 

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The Small Group of an Hour: Collaborative Character Analysis of "The Story of an Hour"

Unit 12: Literacy: Naturalism and Understanding Conflict in the American Short Story
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT explore the ways in which the complex character of Mrs. Louise Mallard develops, rises, and falls, over a relatively short story, through a collaborative discussion on characterization.

Big Idea: While Louise Mallard faced loss alone, the students face understanding Mrs. Mallard's struggle together.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, Comprehension (Reading), Fictional Literature, figurative language, irony, forming student groups, The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin
  50 minutes
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