Reflection: Complex Tasks Analyzing an Interview with the Author - Section 3: Discussion


Common core requires students to analyze main ideas and supporting details in diverse media and explain how the ideas clarify a topic.  They also ask students to delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundless of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence. These skills are very similar to the skills required to analyze nonfiction, but applied to speaking and listening. 

These are actually quite complex, because students aren't necessarily used to deriving meaning and understanding from videos.  When students are asked to watch a video, it's often because there's a substitute and it's an easy thing to do.  The opportunities for rewatching seem to be more limited compared to rereading, but I'd argue that additional rewatching is even more critical when practicing these skills. 

The easiest work around seems to be along the lines of a flipped classroom, where students watch whatever video you've selected at home.  I don't tend to like that solution, because so many of my students don't have internet access at home.  Some of my students, who live on the reservation, don't necessarily have electricity at home. Asking them to watch something at home merely accentuates the gap between the have and have nots. Therefore, having a video that is short enough to watch multiple times in class is best, in my opinion.  This allows everyone to participate in rewatching and discussion to derive meaning and understanding.

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Analyzing an Interview with the Author

Unit 11: Analyzing Literature and Integrating Knowledge with Act 2 of “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to analyze the main ideas in an interview and explain how they clarify an issue by watching an interview with the author, discussing, and writing an essay.

Big Idea: In which we uncover an author's motivation for writing.

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