8th Grade Language Arts Lesson-Novel Study Setup



okay so using empathy is on the work I would like you to open up your quick rate document and I need to explain a little bit about this I'd like you to take a look at this orange poster every year above the bookshelf there's a quote on it by Albert Einstein it says everybody is a genius but if you judge Chloe and you've heard me talk about this a lot this year about the fact that school is set up in a particular way to value a certain kind of intelligence then if you happen to be born with a brain that's wired to learn best through reading and writing lucky you because you get to come to a place every day that's pretty much built for you and if you weren't born that way then everything's a little bit harder for you and you have to try to learn it in a dick in a way that you're not landing for and so what I want to do is is they wanted to point that up to you because it's something that will be even very strongly and it's a message I want you over here but I also want you to take some time in the answer the question that I wrote up there on the bottom and I think a lot of times you may hear people saying how I'm telling you hurry the most part are you and get that message from other people that they're judging how smart you are but I was reading a book recently where the author said that's the wrong question the question isn't how smart are you are call intelligent are you but the question is how are you intelligent in what way are you intelligent like Chloe it means that there are many different ways that person can be smart but not all of those ways are valued by the society that you live in and the places that you have to go in exist every day so for the next 10 minutes I want you to do a quick write and I want you to just bring dump just write and write and write about all of the ways that you feel intelligent and when you feel your smartest what are you doing when you feel that your shiny open your mind and think outside the box do I stay confined to the regular definitions of what we think intelligences when do you shine when do you feel that you're best at you're smart and say you're most inclusion and you're strongest be a risk-taker and share who's got the way in which they feel you don't have to read the whole thing you can just state one piece we do one thing and II was one of the things he said come on I was great it's so cool free to walk around and kind of read over your shoulders and see that some of you are reading exactly what I thought you would write and it's something that I'm seeing you and I've seen it all year and it's reached and you recognize it in yourself you're right on your right not knowing yourself really well you don't have to read the whole thing to tell us if you can't draw a snake you're talented if you're not good at math and science you're stupid without knowing it as far as being welded into our minds only some of us are lucky enough to stand here talented and we're not stupid but all you gotta must sit there like the fish and Einstein quote staring at the tree believing they will never be good enough those fish will sit there for their whole lives if they never get taught that instead of climbing and treating you swim they can prove that they can do something maybe the kids who were the monkey sprinted up the tree but the fishes beat them in the water this is not a way of your talk though in school we sit down a desks and we read textbooks we know presentation if your brain is wired to be taught through reading and writing then you're lucky school is built for you you're the monkeys who sprint up that tree and be looking down at the other ones wondering why they can't the fish is a visual learners audio learners in a vast majority of the kinesthetic learners it will believe that their brain is not right and that they are less than the others because until the teacher comes along and shows them that they can swim they will sit and not leaving they're just as good [Applause] I'm a not know how to solve an equation understand and it's so important that you owned that that you recognize and you know yourself and you claim it for your own and that you send the message out there to the world that there is not worth less than being intelligent in traditional school being intelligent in traditional school way is is wonderful which so are all these other ways of being intelligent one of my missions all year has been to make you hear that message and understand that it is not valued any less because it feels like it is because like mom said you come to a building every day that is built for a particular kind of work and those of you who aren't wired that way can search a few kind of beating down and value less and absolutely amiss it's not true and so I wanted to give you some time today to kind of reflect on that and make sure that you have some time to think of all the ways that you are intelligent like Wesley said or like Leo said I might not be able to name all the countries of the world and out medical order and maybe I can't solve an equation but that's only one of the and it's great that you're cleaning you order speakerphone okay today we're going to start our novel study unit you've gotten a lot of class and you started reading in the weekend you're all going to be slightly in different places within that novel right now and that's okay here's what you're even going to look like we're going to take a quick peek at the big idea and the essential questions for this new unit talk about those talk about what empathy is because it features prominently in our essential question and you're going to need to be able to respond to that thoughtfully after you finish your novel I'm going to explain for those of you who are new to me this year Riley and Julia and Erica Mills who are familiar with the way we did the novel Studies rotation station classroom explain that and I'll talk to you a little bit about how you will be semantically assessed during this unit I think you will be very happy about this I think they'll feel bit of relief about when we talk about summative assessments and then your class time today will be set studying up your reading schedule you all have the calendars on your desk and I marked the days that you have late returns class and so you're going to right now you're sitting on the table group with your group this is your not all group these are the people that you will be with throughout this unit go through the rotation with and meet with me in a discussion station length so you're going to come to an agreement on the chapters that you will have prepared for class each day and then I will come around and copy that down on my master calendar any time remaining at the end of class is yours to just start me to get going on these books because we have a bit of a condensed schedule here and your homework is to just read group comes up with today okay so let's take a look that's a big idea in the essential question can you refresh my memory we were talking about our units what is the big idea like me when I say a big idea for wrecking it you said the big picture if you overlook on everything what else necessarily it's bigger than that when we're talking about a unit a big idea is the understanding that you can take outside of this classroom here the understanding that you can take outside something beyond language arts yeah you did have this big idea in seventh grade we're gonna bring it back because it's just that big of an idea um the big idea for us is that authors use literature to make social commentary since we did have this once before in seventh grade any memories what we mean by social commentary when we say authors use their writing to make social commentary do it the they see the authors trying to say everything's controlled don't you can't concrete example from the giver can we bring it back and make it a little more abstract what is meant by social commentary what the actual world but build it into their book to like gently put it into the person's mind so like if the person is against that idea in the real world when they read in a book they'll see it differently and though we might believe is stronger you know and then you'll make the connection to the real world maybe and their ideas may change and that's the hope you said it very nicely ok so we're going to be looking all of your books are set during the Holocaust but from slightly different perspectives different kinds of main characters and protagonists so we're going to be taking a look at what is the social commentary that your authors making let's take a look at this essential question because it's directly related to what you put over here we're going to narrow it down for the big idea and every single one of these books will be anchored together with this essential question what techniques do authors use to create empathy in their readers it's related to that social commentary because like Ramon said the author wants you to connect and to feel with this message how does an author do things they're looking at your screen you don't need to be on that right now how does an author create empathy in their reader and you got Frank's forum over here on the board what using empathy in and for the most part these all say very similar things being able to put yourself in somebody else's shoes and somebody said it really nicely fili win someone yeah I noticed that being able to feel along with another person being able not just understand but really feeling it right there along with them and if I show you who jumped to our class website for this particular unit you've got a big idea the essential question up top some important things that we'll talk about in a second but if you skip down here and got empathy to find for you it's the ability to imagine oneself in another person's place to understand and that curiously experience the others feelings designers ideas and actions what if I curiously look it up streams up vicarious but curiously experienced what somebody else is feeling desiring and thinking to experience in your imagination the feelings of another person to experience it okay so if you ever had somebody maybe describe an event experience that they had you weren't able to be there but they were describing in so much detail that you felt like you were living it vicariously through them so it's almost like a substitute like you experience it through someone else's explanation of it that has a lot to do with empathy I think these are very strong and experienced that you're feeling right along with someone so when I was thinking about talking to you about this today I went and I found a couple pictures online that I thought you might be able to relate I'll give you ever been on an airplane with a screaming kick okay right now at your table groups pop out like that feels like [Applause] okay back so when you see this picture you cannot immediately it should bring up for you what that feels like to be stuck in these seats with this going on right behind you you know that you can bring that up and you can almost feel it vicariously with those people in those seats how about this take it to you away from it how many of you can can connect to what that feels like you felt something like that before yeah what it was like to score that inflation that's just pure joy that's crying what that feels like so I picked these images specifically because I thought you meant them to be able to relate to at least one of them you get would bring up a feeling friend you would empathize with somebody and that's one of these pictures you would be able to empathize with what they were feeling at that time but what we're going to be looking at in this YouTube if how does an author make you feel along with a character who's experienced something you've never experienced you don't know what it's like to wake up in a concentration camp you don't you haven't believed that so it's not as easy for you to feel along with the character who is how does doctor do it anyway for those of you reading The Book Thief you don't know what it's like to watch your brother die on a frozen boxcar as your mom takes you by train to your foster family that she has to give you up to because she knows she's about to get arrested by the secret police you have no idea what that's like but he is going to me you feel it right along with Lisa how does he do that so that is our essential question so you bring on your destiny you're guessing if you're thinking that one of the ways is by using rich detail rich descriptive details bringing in close so maybe choosing your narrator is one one technique and also may use to develop and with the in this case you choose death to narrate the story okay making a realistic stop why wouldn't that of course okay while with metaphors and similes allow you to have a nice with the person who's going to do something you've never experienced good job noticing that okay so this is what we're going to be focusing on talking about throughout the unit you're already tweaking to it you're already noticing these things but we're going to be hyper aware of them as we go on through the union okay so what I want to talk to you about now after we're done with that we've already talked about empathy want to just briefly explain how the game are going to roll when you come in when you come in next class till you drop treatments when you come in next class these tables are going to be set up in stations but they're going to be pulled a little bit apart from each other I will have up here on the white word a list of every group both feet group number one what if you group number two now smoothly wound straight to Janice and I'll tell you which station here starting at okay on the tables when you come in you will find little tech cards like this telling you which each station is so they'll be able catenary station some days they'll be a journal station every day and I want you to really be careful of this station because after the novel is finished you will write a five paragraph essay in which you analyze the novel for this question every journal prompt I give you will become a fire a paragraph in that particular essay so if you take the journal stations you're already starting your essay it's gonna make your life a lot easier when we start putting it all together it gets that be locked in yeah okay so you're gonna have these cards up that will explain how it'll go the Moodle station will be an online discussion forum some of you don't participate as willingly in these verbal discussions in class you're not as comfortable sharing your thoughts out loud but you've got wonderful ideas you just need a little bit more time to think about that before you're ready to save them in the Moodle discussion you're going to be able to sit there at that station for about 15 minutes I'll have a critical thinking question posted and you'll be able to write your response and go back and forth with each other other people who've responded to it as well okay and there will be a silent reading station that we won't always use silent reading for I've got some great ideas from you about how to improve this process from last year there will be some time travel in the silent reading station that the directions on that people will tell you to go out of the room and do an activity with each other in that study room that we use sometimes down the hall so there'll be some interactive activities that you will do and you know just have to have a timer and be ready to come back in 15 minutes okay there will always be after desk stations instructions on what to do all these stations are independent you don't need me to tell you what to do because it'll be written right there and it will be on your desk some of them will be different every day and you just need to read through what you have to do the last station is that that that table with me I will be stationed back there the whole time and I'll be hoping to facilitate the actual discussion of the chapters that you read for today focusing back on that essential question okay we spent about 15 minutes at every station and rotate around so you're not going to get bored and happen to be in one place for very long when you do need to have some independence to be able to manage yourself at these stations and actually do the work on your station because none of them are flock none of them are just filling time they're all useful questions about that let's briefly talk about some of the assessments there is one summative assessment great you're getting for this unit for sure in if the listening and speaking grade and that will be some actively assessed listen carefully to this every day is a summative assessment for listening and speaking when you're with me at the table in the back I will be telling the clipboard with me and I'll be taking notes on how you're doing in the discussion every day and all happen every single day your participation of that discussion station with me will be your listening and speaking grade and I'll show you actually could you all do this with me right now open your laptop's and go to the website you know the vowel study page please it's under units of study okay I want you to scroll down to the listening and speaking rubric and the word rubric is a link Evon novel study study scroll down to where it says summative assessments listening and speaking the word rubric is the link I'd like you to click on that link and it will open the rubric in a Google Doc please make a copy go to the file make a copy and put it where where you put it and your Language Arts folder and Google Docs these are the things I'm looking for for your listening and speaking grade every time we need and that discussion station in the back first one is preparation this is pretty basic are you consistently coming to that discussion having read the chapters you were supposed to have read for that day are you prepared to talk about them that's pretty straightforward the next one has to do with evidence to support your thinking and your ideas are you able to refer to evidence from the text to support your thinking when you share an idea or a thought or an answer to this question or any of the other questions that comes up are you able to use evidence to back it up from the book you're not just saying it when you thought you're actually able to refer to a specific thing that happened that that's you will now calendars drop restraints hey take a look at the character and you'll see on today's date this is the unit next class is Tuesday the 14th that's your first novel study rotation you have one two three four five novel study rotations that's five class periods where we will be discussing the reading you need to have the novel finish by Sunday May 26 that's the last one that has a box of it down below okay your test and your table group is to talk to each other and figure out which chapters you will cast read by the time you walk into class on each of these days so for example if you break down on Tuesday the 14th if you break down chapters 1 through 12 that gives when you walk into class on Tuesday you will have finished reading chapter 12 and when we go to the discussion station in the back I will be prepared to discuss those chapters with you it doesn't mean that's her homework for the next class it means that's what you're done with when you walk in everyone that day okay I would think it would be reasonable if you had fewer chapters to read from Tuesday to Thursday right if you're still more reading to do we need to do the last thing I'll say before I let you decide how you're going to break this up and get this finished game on the 26 if sometimes the temptation is to look at the total number of pages and divide by five but that will end up putting you where sometimes exactly in the middle of a chapter that's awkward authors great chapters for a reason India chapters generally the end of an important event the end with something significant and the idea so focus more on the number of chapters not just the number of pages questions about what you need to do okay go for it and get information [Applause] okay I came around to each movie told you that I expect you to be actively reading and we talked about what that is making everybody see Sookie no please don't do your reading for class in bed right before you're about to fall asleep why not it will affect your ability to ever what you read yeah you're not actively reading your tire if you're enjoying the story and I love to read the policies I love it but that's not the kind of reading you need to be doing with this book so set aside time to read the lead each day and don't save it all up until last minute because you don't know what kind of work you're going to get in your other classes so read a little bit along the way I can't please start talking about these books I love you Mike

25 thoughts on “8th Grade Language Arts Lesson-Novel Study Setup

  1. I loved observing ELA classes when I was an instructional leader at the campus and district levels. It definitely helped me to incorporate more literacy components when I returned to the classroom. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. I must applaud your efforts to get your students to understand that everyone of them are intelligent. Maybe not in the same way, but in their own way. You bought to the table in your lesson something that many educators try to sweep under the rug. School is predominately set up to reach a certain audience. Which is most likely visual and auditory learners. You start to see less of teaching techniques for tactile learned after the elementary level. But you backed it up by quotes and by your own experiences, that everyone is unique and can learn if they put in the work. From a aspiring educator in History  Secondary Education, well done!

  3. I'm in 8th grade now. I'm in a different school from this but, instead of apple computers we use "chrome books" a google computer provided by the school that we can't bring home.

  4. That quote means
    If you set a high expectation for a person or anything they will feel overwhelmed and knowing they can't do it makes them feel like a failure.

  5. Excellent educator. Thank you for uploading this video. Although I needed it to fulfill hours in a timesheet for Educational purposes, this was wonderful to watch either way!

    From a fellow Junior in college.

  6. As a teacher, I see a ton of preparation on her part! Wow…all of that on the computer, the thought for each station…wowow

  7. I would teach those kids not to take their perceived limitations for granted and that anything can be changed through effort. It doesn't matter if someone is "not a monkey and can't run up the tree". They don't have to limit themselves to being a fish swimming in the water, although that's a perfectly fine option. Anyone can do just about anything if they really want to.

  8. You have the necessary passion for teaching. Our beautiful children need this spirit.

  9. I like this course. This lesson was excellent. Thank you for the lesson.

  10. I'm trying to do classroom observations for Alternative Teacher Certification. Would you mind telling me what school this lesson was taught in?

  11. Yay! I love your teaching style. I just used this video for an assignment 🙂 good job!!

  12. cookie: preparing for the launch, 8th principle of speech is a blast, foundations of the eight parts of was the foreparents ideology: Conclusively Our planets, Worlds and civilations shall circuit Our Justice system of Charity according to Kings and Goddess of standardized material according to the gospel!

  13. Wow! The use of technology is also really inspiring — I certainly did not have such great tools at such a young age! Nor did I have teachers so enthusiastic about literature! She explains it all so well! Lucky kids.

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