Reviewing Explanations and Analyzing POV

Class began the normal way today, and students had a WA that had them reviewing a few comma rules. Parents: Students have been tracking their performance on WA over the past few weeks in order to prepare for the grammar assessment coming up in a few weeks. Feel free to check in with your student to see how it is going!

After going over the WA, students handed in their old tickets and homework passes for extra credit and received new ones. If you weren’t here today, be sure to turn those in to be when you return.

Since we are super busy tomorrow, I moved our video prompt to today, so we had video Monday. With opening day of baseball happening this week, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce students to a piece of Americana: Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” After providing them with some background, we watched to video below before writing, and I suggested students write about why they thought this comedy routine stood the test of time, the funniest thing they have ever seen or experienced, or, if they are baseball/softball fans, what they are looking forward to about the upcoming season.

After NBT, we did a little explanation review. Last week, student did an activity where they worked together with their groups to survive the African veldt and explain one piece of evidence; however, things did not go so well. Today, I did a think-through with students about how I would go about breaking down the evidence to explain the significance in part 1 and connect the evidence to the POV in part 2.

The area I always see the most struggle with is when it comes to explaining the significance of the evidence, so I underlined a portion of the evidence, and we discussed why that part was significant, and that helped us get rolling with the explanation. Her is an example below:


The different colors demonstrate the difference in part 1 and part 2.

After going through this example, students stored this in their binders for reference later on, and we had time to watch the ending of “The Veldt.”

After debriefing about the end of the story/video a bit, students had time to begin their homework which is analyzing the POV of the children. Many students finished this work in class, but you can access the handout if you click here and scroll to the last page of the document.


  1. Read for 25 minutes.
  2. Finish POV work if you didn’t finish in class.