Thursday, October 18, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird Prompt

Going through the experience of writing a prompt was difficult for me. I found it difficult to keep a balance between structuring my prompt and giving them a prompt where they can construct their own ideas and opinions on the novel. For me it is important to give your students a pathway without letting them dismiss their own creativity as long as it fits into the given prompt.

Creating a rubric was extremely difficult because I was unsure of where to begin. I have never had any experience in making or analyzing one so I had to do my own research and still, I think it could have been more detailed.

My prompt was created by Shirley I which I had to come up with the pros and cons as to how a certain literary lens can affect a person's interpretation of a reading. All though I think it was a good prompt, I think it lacked a bit more detail and structure. As a student myself, I usually have trouble knowing where to begin with my essays and I had the same issue with my response to her prompt.

Regardless, I think To Kill a Mockingbird was a great novel and the activity Lisa had us do in class was a good way to wrap up that piece of literature by making it a more eye opening experience and inviting us to share our insights on the characters and helping one another see through different perspectives that we might not have picked up on prior to the activity.

I definitely agree that this novel will be taught by most teachers in the future and fortunately there are endless activities that can be linked to this novel, including the prompt to keep our students academically stimulated.

1 comment:

  1. You bring up an important issue here, Mabelyn-- reading your prompt next to Shirley's actually prompted a similar conversation between Lisa and me. I imagine that the teacher's prompt will reflect her own needs as a student. If you feel you need more guidance then you might be more inclined to provide a more structured prompt. If you feel you need more freedom as a writer, your prompt might be more open-ended. How can you create a prompt that is most likely to meet the needs of all of your students, assuming those needs will vary?