Speed dating with books lesson plan
* If you are going with genre groups, know that some students will have a difficult time looking at books in a genre they "don't like" (yet! * Figure out a way to have my timer app automated so the alarm goes off and then resets the time once again.
" "This book is out of my league." * If you are going with table groups, number them so students know where to go with each rotation. I thought it would be too short, but it seemed to be just right. Any more and students aren't as focused on the books. Maybe they can explore that one book in more detail.
Some Background: We’ve been unpacking the power of point of view in short fiction, specifically looking at where the language comes from in models like Daniel Orozco’s “Orientation,” Gish Jen’s “Who’s Irish? ) but some of them went deeper into the psychology and back story of the characters, (Have you ever been in love? As they moved through the speed dating, they invented complete back stories, motivations, secrets, dreams, and fears for their characters.
” and John Cheever’s “The Swimmer.” This week, we are looking at characterization as the point from which every element naturally stems – detail selection when describing setting, the word choice in dialogue, and the action/reaction in scenes with other characters. After the activity, Serena asked them to reflect in their notebook.
If students have a favorite poem from childhood (perhaps something from ), this can be a wonderful place to start. Let them spread out, swap books, and just enjoy exploring.
For an exit ticket, I ask students to write 3-4 sentences about any poem they enjoyed and why.
This is the very beginning of the poetry unit, so the whole goal is enjoyment.Discussions are the cornerstone of my teaching style.However, as much as students love having an open forum to share their thoughts, there are only so many “open discussions” we can have before the format gets bored and redundant.moved the tables, Amy created the signs, Ashley cut off the lamination and helped hang them, and Todd S. Additional note 10/8/13: I found another great wiki to help with Book Speed Dating here!
This simple activity allows students to explore some poetry in a low-stakes way. Find a variety of poetry books and anthologies for students to browse.