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What to do when a lesson.... uh.... doesn't exactly go the way you've planned it. How would you handle it?

Jan 11, 2016 5:00pm

In weeks prior, advanced lit. students had lessons on Characterization and Literary Conflict. Today, I presented a unique twist. Using Greek (Soc St.) I asked them to characterize Echo & Narcissus.... Well... let's just say the lesson should have been a Guided Practice rather than partnered peers.
What worked:
1. the review and apparent mastery of vocab.
2. Student Engagement and Adherence to class routines.
What Didn't:
1. I assumed the lesson would be an easy review of a very complex level of analysis -" When the Literary Conflict is Character v Him/Herself (Internal conflict) the character him/herself become both the Antagonist and Protagonist.
2. This was the first time that the Antagonistic consciousness of all characters involved triumphed. Its the "algebra" of Literary analysis.
Next Steps:
1. I completed the lesson as a Guided Activity.
2. I will review on Tuesday.
3. Students will complete an complex analysis on another of the "Greeks" independently/small groups on Wednesday.

  • English Language Arts
  • 6
  • Common Core / Engagement / English Language Learners / Planning
  • 2 Watch, Read & Analyze
  • Induction / Spotlight
  • Student Collaboration


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    • Jan 14, 2016 5:09pm

      Nerds unite! LOL!!! Great thinking @Tom Jenkins! I actually introduced character types to students using Star Wars as Anakin is such a drastic example of dynamic characterization. We've also been examining internal character traits using the format of the movie "Inside Out"....students developed additional-more complex characters such as "Laziness" "Depression" and "Elation"..... Great to hear from you my friend. Keep the ideas coming!!!