SHORTS P1 Day 5

Poem A Day:

This song has some borderline inappropriate themes, but the kids rarely even pick up on those this early in the year. I use it because it is a rocking awesome song, and its a great narrative with some figurative language. It’s easy for them to pick up on.

Mini-lesson:

 

Today we began by reviewing the last class’s “round robin activity.” I asked: What were the themes of the stories? How did you know?

The objective today is to explore: how do authors develop themes?

First, we listened to this great Moth Radio Hour podcast- it is a very short story about a Kit Kat bar and life lessons learned.

Afterward, I asked students: What is the theme of the story? Would it have been clear without his explicit explanation? 

 

 

Hw: pick your favorite PAD and write an essay that summarizes the poem, identifies the theme, and explains how the theme is developed throughout the poem. Due Thursday.

Active Engagement:

Students worked in small groups to discuss the story and the narrative techniques the writer used to deliver the theme.

Students shared out and I collected their ideas on another Google Doc that I posted on Google Classroom.

Next we listened to another story from Moth Radio Hour about a young girl’s experience with her first contact lenses.

Students worked independently to identify the theme of the story and the narrative techniques used to develop said theme- they recorded their ideas in their notebooks.

Closure:

For Homework, I asked students to pick their favorite Poem a day so far, and write an essay that summarizes the poem, identifies the theme, and explains how the theme is developed throughout the poem. Due next class. This was for another baseline data collection.

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