Language and Literature and Close Reading for Analysis

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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 9:15am

Language and Literature and Close Reading for Analysis

As term two begins, our students our closely reading "The Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln. This involves looking at his audience and purpose; the content and themes; the tone and mood of the speech; his stylistic choices, and the text structure. Students are learning to attend to these "5 Big Tools" to help them analyze his speech in preparation for a Comparative Analysis assignment with another memorable speech of their own choice.

Students actively engage in vocabulary activities like word maps to help them access the curriculum and build background knowledge via a variety of text types like videos, the speech itself, and others analyses as well as participate in class discussion and note-taking. These activities help students engage in critical thinking skills with authentic, complex text so they can understand others' values, goals, and beliefs while reflecting upon their own.

It is an honor and privilege to see students motivation increase once they know what is being asked of them. By modeling tasks and providing scaffolding and supports like graphic organizers, students are better able to demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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