By: Maurice Ogden The Hangman
Where are we going? • You will demonstrate an understanding of the impact that specific word choice has on the meaning of the poem. • You will participate in and observe a Socratic discussion to further enhance understanding. • You will demonstrate understanding through responding to a focus question, and using supporting details from the poem to write a response.
How will we get there? • As a class, we will review text annotation and foreshadowing. • As a warm up, respond to the focus question: “Who is responsible for standing up for others?” • Students will critically read and respond to the poem, “The Hangman.” • Students will take notes on the process and expectations for a Socratic Circle. • Students will evaluate their participation in and the effectiveness of the Socratic Circle by completing an exit slip.
Let’s Review Text Annotation ! ? Text • something surprising / unexpected • Something that needs clarification • Connects related ideas • Something important • Your notes describe your ideas and thoughts as you read
Important Terms… • Foreshadowing • Picking up on clues in the text that hint at what will happen later. • Includes repetition of important ideas/images • Identifying specific words that help foreshadow/predict what might happen
Important terms… • Mood • Repetition • Specific words used by the author create a “feeling” • The emotions you as the reader feel while you are reading • Notice the change: “That night we saw with great surprise” vs. “That night we saw with dread surprise” • Using the same words or phrases multiple times to make a point
Focus Question: Who is responsible for standing up for others?
The Terrible Things Watch the video, The Terrible Things,by Eve Bunting. Turn and talk to your partner, focusing on the question, “Who is responsible for standing up for others?” Under what circumstances does the responsibility change?
Your Assignment… • Silently read “The Hangman.” • Annotate the text while you read: • Challenging words? • Thoughts? • Connections? After a few minutes, we will have a class discussion.
Your Assignment… • Let’s define some challenging words: • scaffold • gallows • henchman • Listen and follow along as I read “The Hangman” by Maurice Ogden. Underline specific examples of words or phrases that you think have important meanings in the poem, or words that are purposefully repeated.
Text Exploration Questions • Working with a partner, use the poem to answer the Text Exploration Questions. • You may want to further annotate your poem as you answer these questions.
Your HOMEWORK: • Come prepared with 5 “thinking questions” about the poem. • Thinking question “On line 2 of the poem, why does the author use the words: gold, blood and flame?” This question requires thought & discussion. • Non-thinking question: “Where was the scaffold built?” This question can be answered in a few words by reading the poem.
Socratic Discussion Your turn to think!
What is a Socratic Discussion? IT IS… • a student-led discussion • an opportunity for everyone to share their thoughts in a orderly manner • a time to get a better understanding through discussion IT IS NOT… • a one-sided discussion led by any single member • a time to criticize different opinions • a shouting match
What does it look like? • There is an inner circle and an outer circle. You will participate in both groups. • The inner circle is the only group that may speak. • The outer circle will silently take notes; the outer circle will give positive and critical feedback to the inner circle. • Each group will be given 15 minutes for their discussion; after 15 minutes, inner & outer circles will switch. • I will be monitoring participation, but will not be involved in the discussion.
What are the guidelines? • Everyone must be prepared: a copy of the text & 5 thinking questions • Each group member must be given the opportunity and/or encouragement to talk. • Explore new ideas…use comments that you hear to lead to new thoughts. • Keep the focus question in mind. • Refer to the text for specific details to support your ideas.
How am I evaluated? • The teacher will monitor each person’s participation. You are expected to contribute 1 original idea and respond to at least 2 others. • Everyone is expected to participate. • You will write a response to the focus question after the seminar. This response will demonstrate your understanding by using specific examples from the discussion to support your opinion.
Post-Discussion Assignment Individual Written Response
Writing Prompt: Option 1 After reading and discussion the poem, ”The Hangman,” by Maurice Ogden, consider the following: Was the Hangman justified in killing the narrator? • State your opinion/claim clearly as the thesis of your paper. Use specific details from the text to support your claim.
Writing Prompt: Option 2 Think about the poem, “The Hangman”; imagine a different ending. What might have happened if the narrator or another character had acted differently? • Write an essay to discuss the importance of taking action. Include details from the poem and real life to support your position.