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Hey Everyone - Quick question about a demo lesson for my upcoming interview
Old 01-30-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

I'm so happy to have found this online resource

I am fresh out of college with a B.A in English and Education and have a teaching certificate for English grades 6-12. I was asked to do a demo lesson next week for a Middle School Lang. Arts position at a private school. The students I will be teaching are in an advanced 6th grade class.

I wanted to focus on descriptive language. I'll have students complete a "Do Now" activity analyzing two passages (one with and one without descriptive language) and answer questions related to the passages. After, we will discuss what descriptive language is, how to write descriptively, and why it is so crucial to learn. After, students will have the opportunity to create a descriptive paragraph utilizing the elements we discuss. The lesson needs to be 30 minutes.

My question for all of you: is this too basic of a concept to teach an advanced group of 6th grade students? The last thing I want to do is prepare something that they already know completely...

Thank you SO very much for your help!!! I appreciate it


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I think it's a very appropriate lesson for 6th graders. Even advanced ones need to work on their writing skills.

If you want to kick it up a notch, work a little grammar into it. For example, maybe have a couple of very simple sentences ( or isolated subjects and predicates ) and have them add some descriptive adjectives. Then / Or review the ways adverbs can modify a verb --- answering when, where, how the action is done ---- and have them practice adding adverbs ( or adverbial phrases ) to the predicate to make the sentence more descriptive. Many 6th graders can tell you the definition of the various parts of speech; they may even be able to identify various parts of speech in a sentence. But asking them to come up with specific parts of speech in context is another matter altogether, and one that many kids struggle with.

I wouldn't try to turn this into too much of a grammar lesson, though. Your focus should still be on descriptive writing, but you can show them nonchalantly ( since grammar intimidates a lot of kids ) how easily they can spice up their writing with some well-placed adjectives or adverbs.
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