Lately, though, these types of scaffolding strategies have become boring and repetitive for the students. So I have decided to change the lesson up a bit. Lately I have been facilitating skits to illustrate in a multiple intelligence type of style plot summary. After these skits we get into the grit of the lesson with inferencing, using citations, and dialogue analysis.
Today as we were reading a chapter called "Serena" I asked my students to get in their diverse groups to discuss, reread, and refer to text to create a short skit to act out the chapter. As I walked around and observed, I discovered that the students were not being very successful in their creativity. And as I reflected on the reason why, I realized that the chapter was much more descriptive than it was active. It was mainly about the time that Louis, the swan decided to declare his love for Serena by playing her a love ballad with a trumpet. These two swans were living at the zoo and the chapter was mostly about all the other animals in the zoo and how they reacted to the beautiful music played by Louis.
Now, I know that most, if not all administrators tell their staff that the best lessons come from preplanning, but at this moment, I came up with the best lesson that I could ever have planned. I remember that I had seen this new phenomenon on Twitter called the Mannequin Challenge where people create a scene and stand like a mannequin to illustrate it. I thought to myself as I saw the students struggle with recreating the scene through actions that this would be the perfect Mannequin Challenge activity.
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