Applied Strategy: Peer Instruction & Think-pair-share
This activity introduces basic concepts of literary analysis and interpretation including the difference between denotation and connotation. It also helps students become comfortable speaking to each other and to the larger class in a low-stakes, fun way. In class, various words are called out, such as love, government and essay. Students position themselves around the classroom along a continuum of positive to negative. Next, students work in pairs and interview their partner. Questions asked include, “If you could be an animal, what animal would you be?” The interviewer then deduces the meaning of their partner’s answer and each pair presents their partner to the class.
This activity is based on strategy of Peer Instruction and Think-Pair-Share and occurs during one class session.
Students will be able to:
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