After yesterday’s amazing lesson, I knew the magic couldn’t last forever. I did a lesson today that just tanked. I could not get out of the lesson fast enough; it was such a dud.
We were talking about literary genres and how to identify them. I try to make my lessons inquiry-based, so students had a couple of short passages, all of the same genre, to help them try to identify the genre and its characteristics. I even chose three that I thought would be more accessible since this is a skill that they struggle with: biography, fantasy, and poetry.
Well, it didn’t work. None of the groups was able to identify their genre, and when asked about the characteristics of that genre, I got some really shallow responses (they both have characters; they both take place outside). Groan.
I don’t know if it was that I didn’t provide enough scaffolding for the students or they were off today or what it was. I’m going to table this lesson and try again next week.