Reflection on completion of the DOK “Digging into the Chapter” Assignment, also FREE. :)
Objective - Students will practice thinking critically about plot events and development and will be able to determine the most important events within a fictional plot.
Rationale - In studying plot with my seventh and eighth graders, I frequently find that they have trouble determining which events in the rising action are important to moving the plot toward climax and ultimately resolution. Their plot charts include unimportant details and miss the critical happenings. I created this quick activity, using Webb's DOK, to give them the chance to explore the functions of plot events on their own, and ultimately to think more critically when analyzing literature.
This assignment requires students to: recall the chapter's plot events (DOK1-Recall), apply their understanding of the concept of plot in order to identify the most critical event (DOK2-Skills & Concepts), develop a logical argument supporting their choice of event, using evidence from the text (DOK3-Strategic Thinking) and finally, to extend their thinking by creating an alternate ending for the chapter (DOK4-Extended Thinking).
In creating an alternate ending to the selection, students will recognize the interconnectivity and importance of their chosen plot event as they (productively) struggle to move the plot forward without their chosen critical event.