Lesson Plan : A Separate Peace, Chapters 1 & 2

Teacher Name:
 Ms. Russo
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Literature Activities

Topic:
 Discuss chapters 1 and 2 of A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Content:
 The content discussed will include the protagonists, the theme of competition, and literary elements.
Goals:
 The goal of this class meeting is for the students to be able to understand thematic and character analysis as well as be able to summarize the first two chapters of A Separate Peace
Objectives:
 The objectives used include cooperative learning, class discussion in the form of brainstorming and opinions, and worksheet questions.
Materials:
 whiteboard, notebooks, A Separate Peace
Introduction:
 To begin the class, I will ask for reactions to the first two chapters of the novel. Most importantly, they will come up with terms based on anything they think of that has to do with A Separate Peace.
Development:
 During the brainstorming, I will have terms ready in case the students cannot think of anything right away. I will guide the class discussion. The end of the class will include plot summary questions on a worksheet.
Practice:
 The students will begin with a class discussion. I will write the title of the novel on the board and the students must think of terms that are relevant to what they had read for homework. They will then choose one of the terms used in the brainstorming session and have a 15 minute freewrite based on a term of their choice. The remainder of the class is dedicated to discussing plot summary.
Accommodations:
 I will allow students to have re-writes when they run with a thought that was off the mark completely.
Checking For Understanding:
 The guided discussion, free writes and worksheets will be conducted in such a way that I will know who has done the reading and if they have a solid understanding of it. They will be able to ask any questions in order to clarify something that a student may be unsure of.
Closure:
 independent practice, to be completed at home
Evaluation:
 The free writing assignment will be reviewed and included in each students' portfolio. The worksheets will also be discussed and graded via satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

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