Analyzing the Text
History, Language Arts
Small Group, Large Group, Pre-reading, Ongoing
Students will work collaboratively to better understand the text.
The Jigsaw method is a way to help students understand and retain more information by working collaboratively with classmates. Students are broken up into small groups, each of which is assigned a passage from the text. Each group then works together to become the class experts on their section of the reading. Each group then reports out to the class, teaching their classmates about their particular section of reading. This method works well with challenging material, or material dense with new facts and information.
1-2 class periods (depending on the difficulty of the text)
Provide a structure that students of all abilities can utilize to build their analytical skills.
An in-depth, section-by-section breakdown of short writing prompts for use in journal assignments, assessments, and discussion starters.
Provide additional structure and guidance to that found in “Mining for Examples.” Students create their own study guide for the novel.
Students work collaboratively to create an in-depth study guide to understanding key scenes, quotations, and themes in The Red Pony.
Create a “message board” where students can post and comment upon important, entertaining, and interesting passages from The Red Pony.
Understanding the difference between “showing” and “telling” will not only enhance the students’ enjoyment of literature, but will improve their own writing.
Breakdown major events, themes, and discussion topics. This is a rich source of information to help frame an entire unit plan for The Red Pony.