Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Analyzing Theme and Resolution through a Close Read - Section 4: Resolution: Second Read


Note: I am writing this reflection on March 29, 2014.  I am writing this from the future.  THE FUTURE.

It feels like I have been working with my students on the theme of "Monsters" for weeks. We started working with the theme with the close reading from this lesson. Then we looked in at the characters in depth. We watched an episode of Doctor Who and conducted several Socratic discussions. 

This took weeks. Okay, one of those weeks was Spring Break, but still. It took a long time.

But it takes that long for students to develop a deep, conceptual understanding of difficult topics. And theme?  Ooh boy, is that difficult.

It's okay to slow down.  Sure, other teachers have read five stories in the space that it took my class to read one, but I'd like to think that my students have a deeper understanding of concepts and how plot, characters, theme, and setting intertwine to create literary nirvana.

  Working on a Concept for More than One Day/Week/Month/Year
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Working on a Concept for More than One Day/Week/Month/Year
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Analyzing Theme and Resolution through a Close Read

Unit 11: Analyzing Literature and Integrating Knowledge with Act 2 of “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
Lesson 5 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to determine the theme of a teleplay by close reading the resolution and making connections to a nonfiction article.

Big Idea: The monsters are coming. . .

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