To read my previous posts on our social issues unit, please click below.
After each unit of study, I have students reflect on their learning during the unit and think about which strategies/skills they can transfer and use in the next unit. Before beginning our historical fiction unit this week in reading workshop, I had students reflect on our social issues unit. I have been modeling and teaching students how to reflect on their learning since the beginning of the year so they have begun to internalize the reflection process which is such an important life skill for them to have as learners.
To begin, I wrote three reflective questions on chart paper:
- Which strategies did you learn in this unit that were helpful?
- How did book club conversations help you as a reader?
- Which strategies/skills can you transfer and use in our historical fiction unit?
Then we discussed one question at a time and I modeled how I might answer the question as a reader and then students turned and talked to share their personal responses. All of our teaching points and strategy examples are on charts right near our meeting area so they were able to refer to those as they turned and talked to share their reflections verbally. After discussing each question and giving students a chance to see me model answering the question and having a chance to turn and talk with their book club, students went off to write their reflections in their reader's notebook. Each student has a section in their notebook for reflections.
Below are some examples of students' reflections: