Contextual Factors Narrative Essay

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Contextual Factors Narrative When planning this unit, there were many factors that influenced how my unit was structured and taught. Parkersburg High School is the second largest public high school in West Virginia. As of the 2015-2016 school year, there were 1,783 students enrolled in classes. The Advanced Placement English literature class that I student taught in had a total of 133 students during the course of six periods. The amount of students was a small problem because there was a shortage of novels for them to all study the same thing at once. To alleviate this issue half of the classes studied Cry, the Beloved Country, while the others studied Much Ado About Nothing. After completing the novel, the classes switched and studied …show more content…
This is a homogenous area with the local population being 96.2% white. In the school community, there is only a slightly larger representation of racial diversity with the population being 92% white. Studying a novel where one of the major themes is racial injustice is extremely important. Many of these students have never been asked to think about issues that are outside the paradigm that they encounter daily. It is imperative that these students, who are getting ready to leave for college next year, are made of aware of issues that they will encounter when they leave the confines of this …show more content…
The classroom was uncommonly large. This allowed me to accommodate rearranging the desks for literature circles. The amount of floor space also allowed the students to put distance between groups which helped with groups being able to hear each other. The classroom is run more like a college classroom than a high school one. Students do not ask permission to use the restroom, but rather just catch the teacher’s attention as they take the pass to leave. Students also are well behaved. There are general expectations that students will not talk while others are talking and that cell phone usage will be kept to a minimum. These are consistent with a college classroom and rarely need to be enforced. This level of maturity allows me the freedom to plan activities that a general education classroom might not be able to

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