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In Brief: Post your initial response, about 300 words. Post a response to your colleagues, 100-200 words.
THIS WEEK’S SCENARIO: The two short stories included in this weeks reading come from a list of short-stories for middle-schoolers. I have used these two stories with rising 8th and 9th graders.
You are teaching a class of 30 8th graders at Whitman Middle School. Here is a class picture. The class you are teaching is majority white. There are two students who identify as African-American. Just over ½ of the class are young women. None of the students are first generation American, but a few students have grandparents who immigrated, mostly from Ireland. More likely, the majority of students have great-grandparents or great-great grandparents that came from to the US during the great migration in the late 1800s—Italy and Ireland mainly. Your classroom is well-equipped. Students have ipads for use in the classroom and all of the students have internet access at home as well as at school. You maintain a teaching website where parents can check assignments.
Without getting overly technical, what would you do with these two stories in this class--because, keep in mind, only one of them was actually written for young people (7th Grade). What will be interesting? What will be challenging? What could you do that would help students become better readers through the use of these texts--in other words, how could you improve the kind of ELA skills we want our students (and the frameworks want) our students to learn?
Don't stress or imagine that this is some big unit plan. It's 300 words. You are thinking out loud and responding thoughtfully to each other.