December 2, 2014
English 231, 02
Professor Jane Lucas
I chose to develop a lesson plan for my creative project because I wanted to research what goes into an everyday class period behind the scenes. In order to write a lesson plan I had to search online for what is involved in planning a lesson as well as reached out to a former teacher to ask for their guidance. I found teaching a successful lesson has more preperation work than just simply showing up and “winging it”. I planned out what I feel will be needed for the children to read deeper into the story and think critically about what is going on behind the lines. When students read on their own they have a different view than when it is discussed in class or read aloud. The more times something is heard the more it is understood and more ideas are generated. Having the students in groups will also contribute to thinking; by allowing each other’s thoughts to trigger more thoughts.
The story I related my lesson plan to is, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates. I chose this story because the teenager is putting herself in danger and does not even realize what she is doing to herself. When students are not learning yet not given the opportunity to ask questions or discuss what is going on it also puts them in danger without them knowing. They are giving the teacher the impression that they are up to standards, yet could truly be behind. The connection here, if students are not honest they are hurting themselves, as well as if you are not honest with the adults who care in your life, you can be putting yourself in just as much danger. Both cases the people in danger are unknowingly doing it. Connie, in the story keeps lying to her parents about where she is going with her friends because she wants to feel as if she is older. When Connie’s parents find out and she realizes she has been taken advantage of, Connie finally realized the problem with her lying and secrecy. She had put herself in danger, thinking she was harmlessly hanging out with friends. In the classroom, students are also put in danger of their own education if they do not understand a concept yet do not say anything to get help but don’t realize what has happened for many years later. This has hurt me the most in my personal education, as a child I never understood basic concepts and today, I struggle to read, basic math, and how to spell. Connie’s parents also noticed they could have read deeper into Connie’s stories she told to know she was lying. I feel teachers can read deeper into students to help them before it’s too late.
The dialogue used in this particular story makes it seem as if it were real life conversations. It allows readers to connect as if they were having a conversation with their parents or friends. In the film shown, “Smooth Talk”, when the father confronts Connie in the car, it made my heart drop thinking the emotions Connie was feeling because I’ve been there. Oates made this story easily relatable.
“Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?” The Story and Its Writer. Ed. Ann Charters.
Compact 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014. 651-663. Print.