4th Grade, Dennis-Yarmouth MA
Word Generation Elementary
Topic: When is it acceptable to break the rules?
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Class reviews topic and the unit’s focus words.
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Five students present the unit’s reader’s theater.
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Partner work. Students pick one character from the reader’s theater and focus on that character’s perspective. Students look for evidence in the text that supports their view of the character’s perspective.
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Students gather to discuss their chosen character perspectives. They cite evidence. Ms. Brembt also asks questions.
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Ms. Brembt asks students think about what they would do based on the choices presented in the text. Students are asked to consider a situation similar to the one described in the unit. Students work in groups based on the the situations they chose.
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Ms. Brembt asks the students to think about the characters' views in a more general context. She also offers students the opportunity to modify their positions.
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Students discuss the characters' positions in different contexts and frequently use the the unit’s focus words.
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The class has a “fishbowl” discussion. Groups of four students are chosen to have a discussion about the perspectives of the characters and to use as many of the unit's focus words as possible. Other students are asked to keep track of how many times the focus words are used.