Reflection: Classroom Setup Pondering Plot: Identifying Plot Events Within a Fictional Text - Section 2: Meteoric Mapping


In my classroom, the desks are arranged into groups of four or five and I reassign seats about once per month.  We do so much work in groups that the students sometimes tire of each other. A standing rule I have in my classroom is that if someone is bothering you or keeping you from learning, you can move.  You can find an empty desk, sit there and join that group.  The only requirement is that students cannot sit by someone with whom they're going to talk.

It's funny- you would think that I'd have students take advantage of this rule, but they really don't.  They truly move when they are at their wit's end with their neighbor.  This rule allows my students the freedom to keep themselves safe and comfortable while at the same time being an advocate for themselves.  

I wanted to address this rule because for any teacher whose students work in groups, there has to be a safety outlet for the students that can be handled without disrupting class by asking permission.  It works for me!!

  Reflection: Assigned Seats and Student Grouping
  Classroom Setup: Reflection: Assigned Seats and Student Grouping
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Pondering Plot: Identifying Plot Events Within a Fictional Text

Unit 23: Fantastic Fiction: Exploring the Elements of Fiction
Lesson 6 of 16

Objective: SWBAT identify and list plot events in a fictional text.

Big Idea: Understanding how plot unfolds is essential to comprehending fictional texts.

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English / Language Arts, Fiction (Reading), Patricia Polacco, plot events
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