Reflection: Grappling with Complexity The Best of Intentions: Talking to a Text about Culture and Colonialism - Section 3: Applying Knowledge: Talking to the Text


So talking to the text was somewhat of a disaster.  After two additional students modeled "talking to the text", I told them to read on their own. Silence--they all just looked at me like I was speaking Yourba. They just wouldn't do it.  Finally one of them asks if we can read it as a class. 

I don't have a problem with reading as a class, however, it wasn't the plan.  I really want them to increase their confidence in working independently.  I do a lot of group work. I am afraid that I have made them too reliant on each other. 

To their credit, they took over the activity and ultimately reached the appropriate conclusion.

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  Grappling with Complexity: The pros and cons of talking to the text
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The Best of Intentions: Talking to a Text about Culture and Colonialism

Unit 9: Death and the King's Horseman
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT analyze how the central idea of a text is shaped by specific details by reading Wole Soyinka on how he came to write Death and The King’s Horseman.

Big Idea: Historical events and cultural evolution motivate Wole Soyinka to examine colonialism as more than a clash of cultures.

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English / Language Arts, character development, text structures
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