Reflection: Accountability Analyzing the Progression of Mood - Section 3: Act 1 Second Read: Mood, Characters, and Author's Word Choice


There are some students who would lose their heads if they weren't attached.  There are some students who would lose their heads, but not notice until three hours later when their eighth hour teacher asked them if they had their head.  They'd dsurprised that they didn't have their head on and insist that they had it earlier. Yes, that's hyperbole, but some days, I don't think it's that much exaggeration at all.

So what do you do with students who lose everything?  Including the highlighter tape that you have taken time to prepare? Don't give them the option of losing it. Structure things so that they can't lose it.

How? Folders.  Folders that stay in class.  Folders that keep everything safe and stay in class.

I resisted it.  I thought that by keeping the folders in class, I wouldn't be helping them learn responsibility.  It's a life lesson to take something home and bring it back.  But have you seen some of their backpacks? Black holes and event horizons are safer than some of their backpacks.

If students were taking their folders home every day, I would be very reluctant to go through all the work of dividing up the highlighter tape because they would just lose it.  But if it's one of the things that they keep in their folders, it's safe. 

Now if only they'd bring a pencil.

  Highlighter Tape and Supplies
  Accountability: Highlighter Tape and Supplies
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Analyzing the Progression of Mood

Unit 10: Analyzing Literature with Act 1 of Rod Serling’s “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to analyze how characters, mood, and setting interact by rereading Act 1 and citing evidence in a plot diagram.

Big Idea: From neighborly chitchat to suspicious sentries. . .one small step at a time.

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