S 2 – 3 Week Plan 4th – 6th Grades haring Stories
Since the Quest responses are reviewed by a classmate, you may assign the students to their media in different ways. For example, each student might be assigned a medium to provide her with practice in a certain area (e.g., reading or listening), or you may be more random in the assignment. Likewise, you may form student pairs so that each reviews a different character through similar media, or the same character through different media; or the assignments can be random.Each student responds to her partner’s work with the following instructions: the reviewer does not provide feedback but instead just tries to understand the response as well as possible and then forwards the work to the teacher. Then, in a guided discussion, students are asked to share their understanding of the character they studied as well as the understanding they gained through their partner’s response. Since the students are presented with only a short passage, and since they experience the passage through different media, they should be assured that there is no “right answer.” Students should also discuss their experiences with the different media, and the teacher should try to illuminate the different benefits of each form. The shared understanding of the characters leads into the next activity. Note that this discussion may be simply merged with the discussion of the short story in the next activity if the class is pressed for time.