In this lesson, students will continue to work on their projects in collaborative groups, preparing to present their group's work in the next lesson.
- Read the lesson and student content.
- Anticipate student difficulties and identify the differentiation options you will choose for working with your students.
- Decide how you will pair students for Task 1. It might also be beneficial to have students share with classmates who are not in their research group. This can provide fresh feedback to questions or thoughts that their group did not have or anticipate.
- Make sure students have the equipment and materials they will need for their presentations.
Task 1: Short Story Partner Share
- Remind students that this is the final class period in which they can work with their groups. They should have a pretty good handle on the content of their projects as well as the preparations for presentations.
- Put students in pairs.
- If time permits, you could encourage students to spend a few minutes writing down their thoughts before they share with a partner.
With a partner, explain how your understanding of the American short story has evolved or changed through the unit so far.
Task 2: Group Project Work
- Project or display the student instructions for easier viewing.
- Circulate around the room and check for progress and understanding.
- SWD: Check in with students to make sure they are working effectively with their groups and making good progress. Remind them that this lesson is their last opportunity to discuss any questions with you in class.
- Logistical preparations may also be necessary, so be sure that you know about any equipment or materials the groups will need for their presentations.
- Let students know exactly how much time they will have for their presentation. All groups will present during Lesson 25.
- ELL: For those students who would benefit from extra support before presenting to the class, you can offer to hear presentations in advance. This can be especially helpful for ELL students.
You have this entire period to work with your group on your project. During this time, you should complete these steps.
- Share the homework you did for your group.
- Discuss the stories you have read in common and share any notes and annotations you have made.
- Decide on the order in which the authors and stories are going to appear in your section of the class anthology. Submit those you are sure you want to use.
- Set goals for what each member of the group needs to complete independently for the multimedia presentation before the next meeting.
Remember, the presentations of your projects will begin during the next lesson.
Task 3: Reflection on Progress
- Encourage students to share these thoughts with the entire class. Often, other groups have encountered similar problems or questions and may have a solution.
- Let students know how you want them to share their reflection with you.
- Describe in writing how you used your time today.
- What additional assistance, if any, do you need to complete this project?
Share your reflection with your teacher.
Task 4: Final Group Project Work
- Let students know how they should submit their projects to you after the presentation.
- Complete the final preparation for your group’s presentation.
- Continue working on your literary analysis essay. Your full draft, ready for edit and revision, is due in Lesson 27. The paper is due on the final day of the unit, in Lesson 28.