Reflective Practice Essay

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Week 2

Lesson Plan #1

Reading and Comprehension

Objective

  1. To increase comprehension through reading and writing
  2. Student will be able to answer some questions about a short passage using textual evidence

Title and Author: The Cat Who Walked by Himself by Rudyard Kipling

Activities

  1. The student will be asked to read the provided text several times
  2. The teacher will discuss the story with the student for 15 minutes
  3. The teacher will use annotation symbols using different annotation techniques to help the student understand the story.
  4. The student will be asked to do a retelling of the story
  5. After reading, the student will use annotation symbols provided to show the main idea of the story, highlight areas they did not understand, show evidence that support the main idea and create connections (what does the story remind me of?)
  6. The teacher will then ask the following questions to ensure that the student understood the story (what is the main idea in the story? what animals were in the story? what happened at the end? what are the new words learned in the story? and what was learned from the story?)

Reflection

These lessons really went on very well. Arwa enjoyed reading the short story and worked very hard to understand it. After reading the story severally, the student was able to identify its main characters and the meaning. She was able to retell the whole story as it is after reading it for three times. I took enough time and interest in listening to the child retelling the story thereby creating a good environment where the child felt recognized (Lyon, 2003). My student also enjoyed using annotation techniques to point out main ideas in the story, highlight areas he could not understand as well as create connections with the characters in the story. She gave a very good example on how she can relate the activities in the story with events in her life.

Lesson Plan #2

Reading and Vocabulary

Objective

By the end of the lesson, student must be able to identify and understand the meaning of all foreign words in the text

Resources

Title and Author: The Cat Who Walked by Himself by Rudyard Kipling

Activities/Procedure

  1. Student to read the short story once again
  2. Student to take a pencil and circle all the words they have heard for the first time
  3. After this, student will be asked to read the sentence with the word loudly
  4. Student will then be asked to read the line before the this word and the word after it loudly (This will prompt his brain to think of some possible meanings of the new learned word)
  5. Student to write down some of the possible meanings of the new word
  6. Teacher and student to go through the words to ensure the student completely understands its meaning.
  7. Lastly, student will be asked to use the words in a sentence

Reflection

The technique of understanding the meaning of words from a text through close reading also worked very well with the student. Arwa was able to spell some new words as well as explain its meaning just by reading between the lines. She could also use some of the words by her own through constructing sentences. She really enjoyed learning new vocabulary. Personally, I learned that comprehension of a text topic is essential for a student to grasp the meaning of words and the story as a whole. As a teacher, it is also very important to identify the areas that a child is good at and areas that they need help improve (Rodgers A. & Rodgers E., 2004)

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